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The Health Insurance Picture in 1993: Some Rare Good News


The Health Insurance Picture in 1993: Some Rare Good News

J Gabel et al. Health Aff (Millwood).


Based on a national survey conducted in spring 1993 of 1,953 private and public employers, this DataWatch examines the design of employer-sponsored health benefits and how they have changed during the past five years. We contrast cost of coverage, employee cost sharing, and premium increases among small, mid-size, and large firms. Premiums increased 8.5 percent from 1992 to 1993, the lowest rate of increase since 1986-1987. Future premium increases should be modest by historical standards. Small firms and conventional plans experienced larger premium increases last year. Managed care plans now constitute 51 percent of enrollment, up from 29 percent in 1988. If current trends continue, even without health care reform legislation, the health care system of the future will contrast strikingly with the system most Americans remember from past decades.

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