Healthcare Costs Top $20K Per Family

The national annual cost of medical care for a typical family of four with PPO coverage has edged up over $20,000 for the first time, according to the actuarial and consulting firm, Milliman.  

4 comments on "Healthcare Costs Top $20K Per Family"
Angie (5/21/2012 at 11:22 AM)

Take that *ave* cost and double it for the families of four with autoimmune disorders. I have teen with MS...the meds alone are 4K a month, then there are the yearly (or more) MRIs, lab work and office visits. Even if I wanted to leave my job I can't because I can't afford to lose the insurance. Something somewhere has to change, people can't keep up this way and we can't afford to go without insurance.
John Hermann (5/17/2012 at 2:01 PM)

A large chunk is the workmans compensation benefits being paid to insurance companys for people illegally working in the USA.. the system has been "gamed" by primary care physicians status given to chiropractors and the referrals for neuro testing,PT,pain management and needless ortho surgeries...
D A Brown (5/17/2012 at 12:56 AM)

As a family of 3 with a PPO and monthly premiums for my husband's employer-sponsored health insurance costing close to 40% of his gross income, I'm fascinated to stumble across this article. In addition to the premiums, our co-pays, co-insurance, and high deductibles are so costly we always have enough medical expenses to deduct them on our federal taxes. Add in pharmiceutical costs and outstanding medical debt of over $15k[INVALID][INVALID]what's a family to do? This certainly isn't "affordable healthcare"! And even if the premiums were lower, the other costs mentioned earlier would still drive someone to bankruptcy! How about adding this kind of scenario to the discussion?
TJ Wilson (5/16/2012 at 9:28 AM)

My comment is actually a question - what's the average healthcare dollars spent by families during that same time period? Now here's my comment; I ask that question because if we look at how well plans are doing,the monies they are now required to reimburse consumers and the downward trend of utilization during that same time period - cost and actual monies paid out are not balanced.


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