This is the financial shock of a trip to hospital. It is upsetting, expensive, and unexpected.
Employers and employees alike are feeling the squeeze of swelling health care costs. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, health insurance premiums have risen at an average rate of 12 percent per year since 2000. Unable to keep up with rising premiums, employers are forced to pass on costs to employees, to trim benefits, or worse yet, to dump the coverage all together.