Implications of Utilization Shifts on Medical-care Price Measurement
Article first published online: 4 MAR 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 24, Issue 5, pages 539–557, May 2015
How to Cite
2015), Implications of Utilization Shifts on Medical-care Price Measurement. Health Econ., 24: 539–557. doi: 10.1002/hec.3036., and (
- Issue published online: 8 APR 2015
- Article first published online: 4 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 23 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Received: 27 NOV 2012
- medical-care expenditures;
- price indexes
The medical-care sector often experiences changes in medical protocols and technologies that cause shifts in treatments. However, the commonly used medical-care price indexes reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics hold the mix of medical services fixed. In contrast, episode expenditure indexes, advocated by many health economists, track the full cost of disease treatment, even as treatments shift across service categories (e.g., inpatient to outpatient hospital). In our data, we find that these two conceptually different measures of price growth show similar aggregate rates of inflation over the 2003–2007 period. Although aggregate trends are similar, we observe differences when looking at specific disease categories. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.