People with work-based health insurance are paying much bigger deductibles than they used to.
Those with single coverage are paying an average deductible this year of $1,318, up some 40 percent since 2010, when the total was $917, according to national data released Tuesday.
Patients will continue to pay more out of pocket for healthcare over the next several years. Even Medicare will cover fewer services and pass more expense to the patient.
It is time for healthcare to embrace being UpFront with patients about costs, so patients can make informed decisions and healthcare organizations to work through payment options prior to the surprise medical bill.