Group health plan spending on children ages 0 to 18 increased a little faster than spending on adults between 2012 and 2013, according to the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI).
Per-capita spending increased 4.6 percent for children over that period, to $2,575 per child, according to HCCI.
The insurer consortium found that per-capita spending on adults increased 3.9 percent over that same period, to $4,865.
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HCCI, an insurer consortium, used information from member insurers on what employer-sponsored plans actually paid for care for 10.2 million young enrollees.
Per-capita spending averaged $4,813 for babies ages 0 to 3; $1,703 for children ages 4 to 8; $1,854 for children ages 9 to 13; and $2,746 for children ages 14 to 18.
HCCI analysts found that plans and providers kept a tight leash on children’s use of health care services. Use of inpatient hospital services per 1,000 insured children increased only 0.5 percent, and use of outpatient services per 1,000 insured children fell 0.8 percent.