May 9, 2016

THE KEY TO HEALTH CARE IS RAISING OUT OF POCKET COSTS:

Payments For Opioids Shifted Substantially To Public And Private Insurers While Consumer Spending Declined, 1999-2012 (Chao Zhou1,*, Curtis S. Florence2 and Deborah Dowell3, Health Affairs)

Deaths from opioid pain reliever overdose in the United States quadrupled between 1999 and 2013, concurrent with an increase in the use of the drugs. We used data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to examine trends in opioid pain reliever expenditures, financing by various payers, and use from 1999 to 2012. We found major shifts in expenditures by payer type for these drugs, with private and public insurers paying a much larger share than patients in recent years. Consumer out-of-pocket spending on opioids per 100 morphine milligram equivalents (a standard reference measure of strength for various opioids) declined from $4.40 to $0.90 between 2001 and 2012. 

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