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Cost-Shifting Blamed for Commercial Insurance Cost Growth
Health Leaders Media

The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance grew by 8.03% over the 12 months ending in September, while costs for Medicare healthcare services grew by only 1.97% for the same period, Standard & Poor’s Healthcare Economic Indices show.

The two cost growth indices have both grown in the last several months but at significantly different speeds, with commercial plans far outstripping Medicare, even with the federal healthcare program’s older, sicker population, which uses healthcare services more.