But when most people are working harder for less, when others cannot work at all, when the cost of health care
devastates families and threatens to bankrupt our enterprises, great and small; when the fear of crime robs law abiding citizens of their freedom; and when millions of poor children cannot even imagine the lives we are calling them to lead, we have not made change our friend.
Seattle, has published that figure in its 2011 Milliman Medical Index report, which is based on an analysis of the underlying cost of health care
for a family covered by a typical preferred provider organization plan.
Individuals, groups, and institutions: How the increasing cost of health care
has became a strain on private employers, and state and federal governments.
WITH THE COST OF HEALTH CARE
RISING RAPIDLY, third-party payers are increasingly less willing to underwrite the cost of various procedures.
The regression coefficients for the relative cost of health care
for each age group were:
And while the MTA mechanics are fighting for greater control of their benefits and supermarket employees are attempting to tame the cost of health care
, few consumers are questioning the managed-care companies.
Also, insurers are doing more than just shifting the cost of health care
to consumers--they're offering customizable benefits that allow consumers to select the kind of coverage they want.
Without an FSA, the $2334 cost of health care
is taken out of income after taxes, resulting in an estimated $18,172 for spendable income.
In capitated systems, the total cost of health care
to a patient population for a specific period (ideally a patient lifetime) is the only meaningful financial measure.
Both health-care and tort reforms are needed and will go a long way toward reducing the population of uninsured and addressing the cost of health care
in our society.
The cost of health care
continues to draw concern from union workers and their employers as the Southern California supermarket strike enters its second week.