Cost of health care continues to rise

The cost of health care for a family of four has doubled since 2002, according to the Milliman Medical Index.

This annual report examines the total costs of payment to health care providers but does not include non-medical costs, such as administrative costs associated with health insurance premiums. 

Key findings:

  • In 2002, the average employee’s share of health costs was $3634, in 2010 it was $8008.      
  • There was wide geographic variation in health care costs – Miami, New York and Chicago families paid 10% over the national average.
  • Phoenix, Arizona had the lowest health care cost in the nation
  • For the third year in a row, outpatient costs have increased more than any other component. 

The authors state that healthcare reform provisions will likely effect the cost of health care in the coming years.

 (Sources: The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, May 13, 2011; 2011 Millman Medical Index, http://publications.milliman.com, May, 2011)