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Health Insurance Premiums Spike Past Decade

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, December 23, 2010

Over the past ten years, health insurance premiums have more than doubled in California, according to data released this month.  The spike in premiums has far outpaced inflation and personal incomes.

Nationwide, insuring a four member family costs 131% more compared to 2000.

In California, those increases are slightly higher, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the California Health Care Foundation.

During the past year, health premiums rose about eight percent in the state.

Meanwhile, personal incomes and inflation have rose by about 35% percent the past ten years, and just under 2% this past year. Insurance companies blame the increases on more costly hospital and drug prescription care.

Patients, for their part, are also paying higher deductibles on average.

Many consumers electing to pay upwards of a thousand dollars for a hospital visit or other specialized care to help offset the increases in premiums.  

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