In the United States, we spend more on health care than we do on food. In fact, we significantly outspend peer Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, which is straining the ability of consumers and employers to keep up with price increases.

To slow the growth of health care costs, Aetna believes we must take a number of steps including advancing payment reform, incentives for primary care, health information technology, transparency and investments in the health of the populace with an emphasis on developing greater health literacy and wellness.

Several major factors drive U.S. health care spending, most prominently technological advances, utilization and misaligned incentives. 

Learn more by reading The Facts About Rising Health Care Costs  (PDF, 2 MB)