At some point, this yearly spiral upward in health costs will become unsustainable and people will demand change. They might even give serious consideration to the idea of a government-run, single-payer health care system in the United States.
by Marlene Harris-Taylor, Blade Medical Editor
The Blade (Toledo) November 11. 2015
Health care is on the minds of many in November. It’s open-enrollment time at many companies and for Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace exchange is open for the third year.
November is also the time when most people find out how much the cost of their health insurance will increase next year.
The cost of insurance policies on the ACA exchange will increase anywhere from 7 to 20 percent for 2016, depending on where a person lives and which plan he or she chooses.
Even some seniors citizens who are covered by Medicare could see increases in the cost of outpatient doctors visits and prescriptions of about 15 percent.
Rising health-care costs are occurring while many people’s paychecks are stagnant.