Dilemma Over Deductibles: Costs Crippling Middle Class

The size of the average deductible more than doubled in 8 years, from $584 to $1217 for individual coverage. Add to this co-pays, co-insurance and the price of drugs or procedures not covered by plans - and it's all too much for many Americans.

deep and common concern across the United States. Coverage long considered the gold standard of health insurance now often requires workers to pay so much out-of-pocket that many feel they must skip doctor visits, put off medical procedures, avoid filling prescriptions and ration pills—much as the uninsured have done.

High deductibles have become a

The size of the average deductible more than doubled in 8 years, from $584 to $1217 for individual coverage. Add to this co-pays, co-insurance and the price of drugs or procedures not covered by plans—and it's all too much for many Americans.

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