Rising Costs Pressure Employers, Consumers in Northern New Jersey Health Care Market

Publication Date: January 2003

Publisher: Center for Studying Health System Change

Author(s): Debra A. Draper; John F. Hoadley; Jessica Mittler; Sylvia Kuo

Research Area: Health

Type: Report

Coverage: New Jersey


In October 2002, a team of researchers visited northern New Jersey to study that community's health system, how it is changing and the effects of those changes on consumers. The Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC), as part of the Community Tracking Study, interviewed nearly 80 leaders in the health care market. Northern New Jersey is one of 12 communities tracked by HSC every two years through site visits and every three years through surveys. Individual community reports are published for each round of site visits. The first three site visits to northern New Jersey, in 1997, 1999 and 2001, provided baseline and initial trend information against which changes are tracked. The northern New Jersey market covers the Newark primary metropolitan statistical area, which includes Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union and Warren counties.