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Paul B. Ginsburg

 
 

Jeremy D. Pickreign

 
     
 
 

Health Spending:

January/February 1999
Health Affairs
 
 

Tracking Health Care Costs:

November 1999
Issue Brief No. 23
 
 

Health Care Costs:

June 1997
Issue Brief No. 10
 
 

Tracking Health Care Costs:

January 1997
Issue Brief No. 06
 
 

A Primer on Understanding Health Care Cost Trends:

December 1996
Issue Brief No. 05
 
 

Despite Fears, Costs Rise Only Modestly in 1998

Fall 1998
Data Bulletin No. 13
 
 

Tracking Health Care Costs:

September/October 1998
Health Affairs
 
 

Tracking Health Care Costs

Fall 1996
Health Affairs
 
 

Health System Change:

Winter 1995
Health Affairs
 
     

Tracking Health Care Costs:

An Update

July/August 1997
Health Affairs, vol.16, no.4 (July/August 1997): 151-155
Paul B. Ginsburg, Jeremy D. Pickreign

his article challenges contemporary predictions of an imminent increase in the rate of increase in health care costs. Premium increases for private health insurance continue to decline, and the rate does not vary greatly by type of health plan. The low increase for conventional plans is puzzling, due possibly to spillover effects from managed care and other factors. Insurers’ profit margins are dropping, a reflection perhaps of intense competition. Lower rates of premium increases have had limited benefits for employees because they have been required to contribute a greater share of the premiums, especially for conventional plans.

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