National hospital input price index

M. S. Freeland, G. Anderson, C. E. Schendler

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The national community hospital input price index presented here isolates the effects of prices of goods and services required to produce hospital care and measures the average percent change in prices for a fixed market basket of hospital inputs. Using the methodology described in this article, weights for various expenditure categories were estimated and proxy price variables associated with each were selected. The index is calculated for the historical period 1970 through 1978 and forecast for 1979 through 1981. During the historical period, the input price index increased an average of 8.0 percent a year, compared with an average rate of increase of 6.6 percent for overall consumer prices. For the period 1979 through 1981, the average annual increase is forecast at between 8.5 and 9.0 percent. Using the index to deflate growth in expenses, the level of real growth in expenditures per inpatient day (net service intensity growth) averaged 4.5 percent per year with considerable annual variation related to government and hospital industry policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-61
Number of pages25
JournalHealth Care Financing Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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