Thursday, May 12, 2011

You Really Are Paying A Lot More For Health Care : Shots - Health Blog : NPR

OK, health care is expensive. And the costs keep going up.

But the latest report from the green-eyeshade experts at Milliman does include a few surprises about what is — and isn't — driving those costs higher.

First, a tidbit that sort of passes for good news. Last year, health costs rose by 7.3 percent, which is the slowest rate of increase in more than a decade. By comparison, though, the Consumer Price Index rose only about 1.5 percent last year.


Now the bad news: Even at that relatively slow rate, the overall increase in the amount of money required to cover a typical family of four in a preferred provider organization was $1,319 in 2011 — the highest figure in the more than 50 years Milliman has been doing this study.


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