Drug Cost Increases Lead Health Stats
Those were some of the highlights included in a recent update of a health care data book by the Kaiser Family Foundation called Trends and Indicators in the Changing Health care Marketplace 2002.
The survey also found that in 2000,
- 67% of the non-elderly had employment-based insurance,
- 10% were enrolled in Medicaid,
- 8% had other insurance, and
- 16% were uninsured
HMO enrollment in employer plans has dropped from 31% in 1996 to 23% in 2001, and PPO enrollment has increased from 28% to 48% over the same period.
In addition, premiums for employer-sponsored coverage are now growing at double-digit levels, increasing from 0.8% in 1996 to 11% in 2001. Average annual 2001 premiums for employer-sponsored insurance were $2,650 for single coverage and $7,053 for family coverage, with employees paying about 15% and 27% of these amounts, respectively.
While, overall US health spending increased to $1.3 trillion in 2000, up 7% from the year before, some still lack healthcare. In fact:
- 9% of the uninsured reported postponing care,
- 36% had no regular source of care, and
- 20% reported not getting medical care for a serious condition
Copies of the data book are available on the Kaiser Family Foundation Web site .
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