Health Care Costs are the price-adjusted Medicare reimbursements (Parts A and B) per enrollee.
Health care costs are an important measure of the efficiency of a health care system. However, in order to rank a measure, an 'ideal' value must be known. Research shows that 'too little' or 'too much' health care spending is not good for health care outcomes. However, it is not yet known what the 'ideal' level of spending on patients should be.
Since 1996, the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care has examined patterns of health care delivery and practice across the United States, and evaluated the quality of health care Americans receive. The research has revealed striking variations in the amount of health care you are likely to receive depending on where you live. This is true not only across states and regions, but within individual states and cities. The very large claims databases used in the Dartmouth Atlas Project come from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that collects data for every person and provider using Medicare health insurance. Access to this data is made available for research purposes.