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Number of Uninsured Continues To Rise

Linda Gundersen
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Ann Intern Med. 1998;129(6):513-515. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-129-6-199809150-00032
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In the United States, 42 million people do not have health insurance. Although insurance is available, its cost is frequently prohibitive, and the situation is becoming worse. Premiums have increased slowly during the past 4 years but are expected to rise an average of 7% in 1999 (in comparison, the consumer inflation rate is 1.4%). This increase is expected for traditional indemnity insurance and for managed care. Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care company in the United States, plans to ask major employers in its home state of California to pay a 12% premium increase. Aetna-U.S. Healthcare has asked one business that employs only 20 persons for a 19% increase in premiums for single employees and a 28% increase for employees with families.

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