Health insurance costs continue to outpace wage rises in the USBMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6972 (Published 02 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6972
- Bob Roehr
- 1Washington, DC
US workers are paying more for health insurance through both rising premiums and out of pocket costs, shows an annual analysis published by the Commonwealth Fund on 2 December.
Cathy Schoen, senior policy researcher at the fund, said, “Premiums rose by an average of 40% from 2003 to 2009, three times faster than middle class incomes” over the same time period. “Deductibles [what the patient must pay before the policy kicks in] increased nearly 80% on average during the same six years.”
Health insurance for a typical family of four cost $13 027 (£8350; €9895) in 2009. Employers traditionally have covered about 75% of that cost and workers about …
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