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AHRQ News and Numbers
Release date: June 6, 2006
Insurers, government agencies, and patients spent a total of $896 billion on health care for the noninstitutionalized U.S. civilian population in 2003, according to Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
The following are estimates of total expenditures for select types of office-based services, the percentage of people requiring such expenses, and the average annual expenditures (for those with expenses), respectively:
|Type of Service
||% of People Requiring Expense
||Average Annual Expenditure
|Nurses or nurse practitioners
|Physical or occupational therapists
These statistics are based on the 2003 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) and were abstracted from the MEPS 2003 Compendium of Tables on Medical Expenditures, available on the MEPS Web site.
This AHRQ News and Numbers summary is based on details in The Persistence in the Level of Health Expenditures over Time: Estimates for the U.S. Population, 2002-2003, available on AHRQ's MEPS site at http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/papers/st124/st124.pdf (PDF Help).
The MEPS Compendium of Tables also contains various other types of health care expenditure estimates and service categories, as well as breakdowns of the data by age, gender, race/ethnicity, health insurance status, and other characteristics.
For more information, or to arrange an interview with a MEPS researcher about the findings, please contact Bob Isquith at Bob.Isquith@ahrq.hhs.gov or call (301) 427-1539.