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Hidden Health Tax: Americans Pay a Premium

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Publication Date: May 2009

Publisher(s): Families USA

Author(s): Kim Bailey; Kathleen Stoll

Funder(s): Families USA

Funder(s): Families USA

Topic: Health (Health services for the uninsured)
Health (Health care financing)

Keywords: Uninsured; Private Health Insurance; Premiums

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This report discusses how private health insurance premiums are higher, in part, because the costs of uncompensated care for the uninsured are shifted to those who have insurance, a "hidden health tax." The report quantifies this "tax" for family and individual coverage.