This issue brief summarizes the main findings of the Health Care Cost Institute's (HCCI's) Children's Health Spending: 2009-2012. For this brief and the report, "children" refers to individuals ages 0 through 18 covered by employer-sponsored health insurance. For 2012, HCCI found that spending per child was $2,437 across all age groups, but spending varied by age group. HCCI also found that between 2009 and 2012, spending per child rose by an average 5.5 percent per year. In 2012, families paid about $427 per child out of pocket on health care, or about 17.5 percent of the total per capita spending. Out-of-pocket spending rose by 6.6 percent per year during the study period. 2012 KEY STATISTICS FOR ESI CHILDREN. (1) $2,437 was spent per child. (2) $2,572 was spent per boy. (3) $2,296 was spent per girl. (4) $427 was spent per child out-of-pocket. (5) 8.6% increase in use of generic prescriptions. (6) 15.6% decline in use of brand prescriptions.
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