Health care costs on the rise

BOSTON (WWLP) – The state released its first-ever health care performance report and the numbers show that from 2012 to 2013 health care costs went up.

“Although healthcare costs grew by 2.3% in 2013, in the past we saw increases like 5%, 6%, 7%, so this is a trend in the right direction,” said Aron Boros of the Center for Health Information and Analysis.

The report found that the state spent $50.5 billion on health care in 2013, with 60% of that going toward Medicare and Medicaid. The report also found that, on average, Massachusetts residents spent upwards of $7,550 on healthcare last year.

Brian Rosman of Health Care for All told 22News that there are some positive findings.

“What was particularly good for us who represent consumers is that the premiums that we pay have not been going up and the benefits that we’ve been seeing from health insurance have not been going down,” said Rosman.

These statistics are based on averages, so it is possible that you have seen or will see higher health insurance premiums in the future.

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