Big Bad Deductibles
From Jonathan Cohn
According to a survey of large employers released just two weeks ago by Hewitt Associates, the consulting firm, out-of-pocket medical expenses alone is costing workers an average of $1,366 this year, up from $708 in 2000. And that figure is just the average. People who use a lot of medical services this year will likely pay more--in some cases, a lot more.Italics mine
These stats -- not the sob stories that accompany them -- are the more convincing reasons to be solidly against CDHC (Consumer Directed Health Care) and all the nifty cost shifting devices that accompany it. Honestly -- a 93% increase in four years. Someone want to enlighten me as to what percent of Americans see their salaries increase 93% in four years? I can tell you this -- the median US household income was unchanged for at least two of those years of increase -- 2002 and 2003.
I just don't see how any of these "directives" are anything resembling a solution if they just price people out of health care altogether. I'm sure demand for all that