I got a physical exam a couple of weeks ago and went in for a follow up Tuesday to discuss my lab test results. Fortunately everything was normal.
A recent news report on rising health insurance costs suggested increasing worry about losing coverage was encouraging more utilization contributing to cost increases.
Costs will rise in part because workers worried about losing their jobs are using their health care more while they still have it ...
This initially seemed plausible to me as I have been thinking I should get stuff done while I am still covered under Cobra. But reading further in the story:
The 9% increase predicted for 2010, however, represents a slight decrease from the 9.2% PWC projected for this year, and 9.9% predicted for 2008 ...
which causes me to doubt that increasing insecurity actually explains much. The 9% annual cost increases are alarming and obviously cannot continue indefinitely.
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