Insurance Rates Still Rising; Cost Is the Issue to Address

Annual health insurance premiums keep rising, according to a new Health Affairs report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. In 2018, rates increased for single: 3%; family: 5%. Real wages declined during this same timeframe (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

These trends don't intersect. We need to do better delivering value, lowering costs. We spent years looking at utilization, while prices increased for drugs, technology, healthcare services. Pricing is the one of the most pressing issues in healthcare and needs policy and market forces to start working together.