Health Costs Hurt Insured Americans, Too

More cut back on doctor visits to save much-needed bucks
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2008 2:31 PM CDT
Health Costs Hurt Insured Americans, Too
Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, will continue to advocate for universal and quality health care for Americans.    (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, File)

Even Americans with health insurance are ducking the doctor these days as health costs rise and the economy stays queasy, the New York Times reports. Family premiums have doubled in recent years, and out-of-pocket costs have gone up, too: “It just keeps eating into people’s income,” said a utility worker in Tucson whose medical bills have risen by about $4,000 a year.

Meanwhile, salaries have remained stagnant, which forces families to spend about 20% of their income on health care. And that coverage often won't cover health problems that crop up. Parents "are waiting longer to bring in their children," one doctor said. "They say, ‘The kid isn’t that sick; her temperature is only 102.'" (More health care stories.)

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