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October 2013Defining Disease Episodes and the Effects on the Components of Expenditure Growth
with Abe Dunn, Adam Shapiro
in Measuring and Modeling Health Care Costs, Ana Aizcorbe, Colin Baker, Ernst Berndt, and David Cutler, editors
August 2013Developing a Framework for Decomposing Medical-Care Expenditure Growth: Exploring Issues of Representativeness
with Abe Dunn, Adam Hale Shapiro
in Measuring Economic Sustainability and Progress, Dale W. Jorgenson, J. Steven Landefeld, and Paul Schreyer, editors
Medical care expenditures have been rising rapidly over time and in 2009 health care accounted for 17.9 percent of GDP, but there are many areas where we have an incomplete understanding of spending growth in this sector. This is especially true of the commercial sector, where our primary data sources are often non-random convenience samples (i.e., available claims data from contributing insurers and employers). The goal of this paper is to better understand issues related to using convenience samples to obtain nationally representative estimates of the various components of expenditure growth. Using a multitude of weighting strategies, including weighted and unweighted estimates, we find similar qualitative results with higher prevalence and increases in medical care service prices being ...

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