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Milliman: Health Increase Stays In Single Digits

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Researchers at Milliman Inc. say the typical U.S. family of 4 will spend $15,609 on medical care this year, up 7.6% from the total for 2007.

That typical family will spend about $2,675 on co-payments, deductibles and other out-of-pocket health care costs, and about $3,492 on premium payments, according to researchers at Milliman Inc., Seattle, an actuarial firm.

Although the median cost increase for the typical family is down from 8.4% a year ago, the family’s own expenditures on premium payments and out-of-pocket health care costs are up about 11%, Milliman researchers estimate.

The researchers looked at 14 metropolitan areas. The typical family’s health care costs in the most expensive market, Miami, are about 35% higher than the costs in the least expensive market, Phoenix.

The researchers are basing their results on costs for a family of 4 covered by an employer-sponsored preferred provider plan.

The index total includes doctor bills, hospital bills and payments for prescription drugs.

The researchers assumed that the family would have an annual in-network deductible of $366.


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