November 18, 2006 4:36PM

An Update on Health Care Trends

The Washington (state) Alliance for a Competitive Economy announces a new briefing paper on health care trends.

In 2005, an estimated 54.6 percent of health care was funded by private sector spending, a slight increase from the 54.3 percent reported in 1995. In 2015, private sector spending is projected todecrease to 52.5 percent. While the percent of funding from the private sector remains relatively stable, the source of private sector funds has shifted from out-of-pocket payments to private health insurance. In 1970 out-of-pocket payments made up 33.2 percent of health care spending, decreasing to 12.3 percent ofspending by 2005.

The paper refers frequently to Crisis of Abundance.