International approaches to high-cost patients
Project ID: 2017-003/2018 0950 005 000
Type of Response: Research project
Knowledge User: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
ICES Scientist: Michael Schull, Walter Wodchis
Summary: Health care spending is concentrated in a small percentage of the population. For example, in Ontario, the top 5% of high-cost users account for two-thirds of health care costs; similar rates are found in the United States, United Kingdom and Netherlands. Comparisons of other jurisdictions is likely to offer insights which are not readily apparent when examining Ontario alone. The research will provide important context for current efforts to provide more integrated, higher quality and higher value care to high-cost patients.