Nearly 9 out of 10 US consumers blame surprise healthcare costs on insurance companies

Surprise health costs - American Money

Recent survey results show 86 percent of consumers blame their insurers for unexpected bills. Most insurance beneficiaries place the blame of surprise healthcare costs directly on their insurance companies. This, according to the findings in a newly published consumer survey. The report suggested that health insurance companies need to boost their education and communication. As 86 percent of consumers feel that surprise healthcare costs are their insurance company’s fault, there survey results show a disconnect between policyholders and their insurers. The survey was conducted by NORC at the University of…

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Health insurance rates are on the rise in Ohio

Ohio Health Insurance Exchange

Residents of the state are projected to see higher bills every month to continue their coverage. According to the latest analysis from the Ohio Department of Insurance, the residents of the state will likely have to pay more money than they currently are for their health insurance coverage once the exchange goes into place. In fact, in some cases, the costs could be significantly higher, depending on the coverage selected. This could mean that people who choose to buy their health insurance through the state run online marketplace could find…

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Health insurance policies are becoming stricter through employers

Health Insurance Report on obesity

The trend is angling toward tougher rules as companies fear that higher costs are on their way. As the concern of employers increases concerning the possible rise in health insurance costs, these companies are beginning to adopt stricter policies in order to try to keep their employees more healthy, lest it impact the wallets of those workers. Employers are starting to make it more expensive for their employees to live unhealthy lifestyles. These companies are taking on a number of different efforts to try to encourage their workers to keep…

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Healthcare costs for individual patients are dropping

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Though medical spending is on the rise, the amount paid from consumer pockets is falling. According to data released regarding consumer driven national healthcare spending in 2011 – the most recent complete year that this information is available – while the total amount that is actually coming out of the patient’s pocket is shrinking. These new figures from the government show that Americans are paying less for their medical costs. This is the case, despite the fast growth of health insurance with high deductibles, and the increasing employee contributions to…

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Healthcare study identifies possible savings of $2 trillion over 10 years

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The researchers are now calling for a new spending target that may be highly effective. According to a study that was just released on Thursday, the United States would be able to save $2 trillion from its spending on the healthcare system over the next 10 years if the federal government would help to influence the rapidly increasing costs in both the public and private sectors, so that they would more effectively align with economic growth. The study was conducted by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonpartisan group. In the report…

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