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Why We Need to Bend the Healthcare Cost Curve (in 3 Charts)

Blog: Pathfinder Development

There’s a lot of discussion about ways to “bend the healthcare cost curve.”  What do people mean by that, and why do we need to bend it?

I like to answer that question by showing three simple charts.

1. The growth of Healthcare Expenses


2.  Where we spend our healthcare dollars

3.  What’s coming down the pike: the demographic timebomb

Source: U.S. Administration of Aging 2010a.


We’ve had a trippling of the share of healthcare costs as a percentage of GDP over the last 50 years, from 6% to

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