Health Care Premiums Continue to Rise, Increase Smaller Than 2011
Family health care premiums went up on average 4% this year, that compares to a 9% increase last year.
That’s according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Family health care premiums averaged $15,745, this year with employees paying more than $4,300 of that.
The survey is a glaring reminder that the nation’s problem of unaffordable medical care is anything but solved.
The annual employer survey also highlighted another disturbing trend: employees at companies with many low-wage workers pay more money for skimpier insurance than what their counterparts at upscale firms get.
The survey comes a week after a report from an arm of the National Academy of Sciences estimated that about 30 cents of every dollar spent on health care — $750 billion a year — is wasted through unnecessary procedures, cumbersome paperwork, uncoordinated care and fraud.