• Allison McMillian

Reasons why health care is expensive

Between 1996 and 2013, health care spending in the U.S. went up by about $933.5 billion, according to an analysis published in the medical journal JAMA. Most of this money was spent on the rise of prices for health service, which was placed at $583.5 billion.

The research was gathered on 155 separate health conditions and six possible treatment categories: inpatient, outpatient (hospital), emergency services, dental care, prescriptions, and nursing facilities. Joseph L. Dieleman was the lead author of the study and is an assistant at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle.

"Price and the variety and complexity of services is the largest driver of health care spending increases," Dieleman noted.

Another reason why there has been an increase in spending is from people having specific health conditions. Just from neck pain surgery, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, depressive disorders, falls, urinary disease, osteoarthritis, sepsis, and oral disease the total came up to $319.3 billion. There was also an increase in outpatient treatment by $324 billion, according to CNN.