Special Feature: The Rising Costs of Health Care

A Decade of Health Care Cost Growth: Impact on the American Family

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How do soaring health care costs affect the finances of the average American family? A RAND Health study shows that the doubling of health costs between 1999 and 2009 largely wiped out an average family's real income gains. In fact, in 2009 the family had a net gain of only $95 per month. If health care costs had tracked general inflation over the decade, the family would have had nearly $5,400 more in 2009.

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