2011 Medical Costs

A consulting firm says U.S. companies anticipate another big increase in medical costs next year and many workers will be expected to pay a bigger share.

The PricewaterhouseCoopers report released to The Associated Press says that for the first time, most of the American workforce is expected to have health insurance deductibles of $400 or more.

Employees who are asked to pay more through things like higher deductibles help keep cost growth in check because they use less health care.

The health care reform law signed by President Obama in March has just started to unfold and will have little impact on costs next year.

PricewaterhouseCoopers found that medical costs are expected to rise 9 percent next year. But this doesn't mean workers will see that big a jump. Employers often try to soften the blow.

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  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 15, 2010 at 05:19 AM
    OSOC - I think I saw you the other day....were you that guy carring the 'End is Near' sign in uptown Greenville? I was going to put some change in your can, but I had none. Maybe next time.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 14, 2010 at 11:15 PM
    Yes Paul, we complain about the cost. Why? Because some of us already responsibly HAVE insurance (those blessed enough to have been able to afford it up to now.. barely), & are sick of paying more every 6-12 mos. or so. Now we're expected to carry the burden of even higher costs for someone else? It's costing nearly $100 a week for me already. How is that fair??? Five years ago it was $40. That doesn't mean no copay either, by the way! That's another $20 every time I walk in the door - for anything but labs. You don't want to know what an ER visit costs. If you're wondering, it's an ok plan but I'm not thrilled with the Drs & certain policies. Every time there's a serious issue I need a specialist for I have to see the PCP 1st & fight w/ her about it (that's TWO $20 copays then the wait). I know plenty of ppl who can't afford ins. even now & will opt to pay the fine instead as it's less. How is that helping anyone? Obamacare won't benefit the responsible working class.
  • by Anon Location: Eastern carolina on Jun 14, 2010 at 06:17 PM
    It all depends on how you define what is, is.
  • by rodger Location: Greenville on Jun 14, 2010 at 05:56 PM
    Big Al@11:46. Are you serious? How can you state that fox news is truthful? You had better start fact checking them. Try politfact.com (non-bias) See just how factual your idols Beck, and Rush are. Very Sad.
  • by paul Location: Greenville on Jun 14, 2010 at 04:30 PM
    No big surprise, Health care cost have been sky-rocketing every year. Posters complain about the cost, but also complain about Health-care reform. I will be glad when Obamacare starts. Insurance companies have been milking customers for years.
  • by Frustrated on Jun 14, 2010 at 02:44 PM
    I would so like to know where you get your infomation. The small business I work for has seen a 22% increase in 2009 rates and an 25% increase in 2010. Would love to see a $400 deductible ours is $5000 per person, have to meet 3 for a family. Please would love to see some lower numbers so myself and the people I work with could have a lower deductible.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 14, 2010 at 01:40 PM
    Jim, anybody that thinks healthcare costs are coming down, I understand, own the Brooklyn Bridge. Heck, I just sold Lavon and Data Man the HW 17 bypass in Washington. They had a big koolaid party and invited Derek and Barlow, NS was looking at a bridge at Oregon Inlet...
  • by Jim Location: SC on Jun 14, 2010 at 01:22 PM
    Kimo: And you actually beleived him???
  • by WITN on Jun 14, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    The title on this story has been changed.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jun 14, 2010 at 12:38 PM
    How can this be?? I thought Pres. Obama had fixed things so medical costs would be going down. What in the world happened?? Have the Reps. been messing with Pres. Obama's health care system?? Surely he wouldn't have misled us....
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