Health care costs on the rise in Minnesota

3:53 PM, Sep 30, 2008   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Getting health care is getting more expensive. A new report from the Minnesota Department of Health says average out-of-pocket expenses for those covered by private health insurance jumped almost 14 percent last year to $619. Premiums climbed 8.4 percent, their biggest increase in three years. As medical costs have climbed, employers have shifted more of the burden onto their employees. Out-of-pocket costs accounted for 15 percent of the total last year, compared with 10 percent in 2000. Meanwhile, the amount health plans spent on their members went up more slowly -- a 5.6 percent increase to about $4,100. The report says that suggests that premium growth could slow in the coming years.

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