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Patients pay a higher share of hospital bills, study finds

Patients pay a higher share of hospital bills, study finds

Patients, even those with employer-sponsored health plans, may face another condition after they are discharged from a hospital stay: acute sticker shock.

Out-of-pocket hospitalization costs rose 37% from 2009 to 2013, with the average patient paying more than $1,000 per hospital visit, according to a study conducted by the University of Michigan. The survey took place before many of the Obamacare provisions were in place, including the health insurance marketplaces.

Driven by an 86% rise in deductibles and a 33% increase in coinsurance — the part of the hospital bill that patients are expected to pay — the out-of-pocket costs rose faster than health insurance...

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