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Health Care Premiums Continue to Rise, Increase Smaller Than 2011
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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.
 
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