Health-Care Costs Spike Again
By Diane Sweet March 29, 2012 8:50 am
The average health-care costs for a family of four will top $20,000 in 2012, according to an independent research group, a seven percent increase from 2011. It’s the fifth year in a row that health-care costs have increased between seven and eight percent, part of an overall health-care cost increase that has seen these expenses double since 2002, when the average family of four only paid $9,235. Employers still shoulder the burden of health-care costs, but employees have been paying a larger portion of these costs every year, analysts said.