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Slow Growth in Medicare and Medicaid Spending per Enrollee Has Implications for Policy Debates

02.2019 / By Urban Institute

This report finds between 2006 and 2017, growth in spending per enrollee in Medicare and Medicaid was much slower than in private insurance.

The authors found that changes in specific types of health care spending affected Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers differently, especially for prescription drugs, administrative costs, and hospital services.