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Medical News and Perspectives
October 22 2008

Health Insurance Costs Remain a Burden for Employers and Working Families

JAMA. 2008;300(16):1863-1868. doi:10.1001/jama.300.16.1863

As the presidential hopefuls and their parties put forth proposals for reforming US health care coverage, reality marches on.

Health care insurance premiums continue to outpace inflation. Fewer companies are offering health coverage, and those employers doing so are shifting costs to their employees through increased co-payments and higher deductible levels. And more people, including those with coverage, are going into debt or otherwise finding it difficult to pay their medical bills.

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