It’s not unusual to have policies set, even legislation and individual decisions and actions based on surveys, averages and perceptions. Healthcare spending is a good example. The perception of health care spending risk is often wrong. High spending is very concentrated in the population.
In a given year, a small portion of the population is responsible for a very large percentage of total health spending. We tend to focus on averages when discussing health spending, but individuals’ health status – and thus their need to access and utilize health services – varies over the course of their lifetimes. In fact, very few people have spending around the average.HealthSystem Tracker