Health care spending hits peak

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 6:23 M PT – Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The health care costs for individuals who receive coverage through their employer has reached an all-time high.

Analysis released by the Health Care Cost Institute on Tuesday found the average health insurance spending through work was over $5,600 in 2017. That figure is a 4.2-percent increase from the previous year.

The organization credits the increase because of higher prices, and not because people are using more services. In fact, the overall use of services declined by 0.2-percent since 2013, while spending rose by nearly 17-percent.

An electronic patients chart is shown on the wall to a hospital room in San Diego, California April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Last week, Arizona Representative David Schweikert explained what he believes is the reason for the surge.

“We’re often having a debate of who gets to pay — those don’t have a revolutionary, they don’t have a disruptive nature in the cost of health care services,” he stated. “We as a body need to drag technology into this debate, so technology brings us a disruption in the cost.”

The current situation is putting pressure on lawmakers. They are now tasked with addressing a system in which Americans are paying more money each year for essentially the same use of health care coverage.

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