Employer health plans spend almost twice as much on drugs than national spending

While spending on prescription drugs accounts for only 10 percent of national spending on health, it makes up almost 19 percent of spending for employer health plans, writes Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman writes in a blog post for the Washington Post. Part of the reason for that disparity is that people served by Medicare and Medicaid, who are counted in the national health spending totals, tend to use more healthcare services than those covered under employer health plans, he notes. Either way, the 19 percent figure suggests that "drug spending may be an even larger problem than many thought," Altman writes. Blog post

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