Health Care Costs for Employees, Employers Are Both Expected to Climb

Annual health care costs for a hypothetical American family of four covered by an employer-sponsored preferred provider plan (PPO) are estimated to reach $31,065 in 2023, an increase of 5.6% year over year, according to the 2023 Milliman Medical Index (MMI).

On average, annual health care costs per person covered by a PPO plan will grow from $6,472 in 2021 to $7,221 in 2023, the actuarial and consulting firm predicted. Approximately 36% of those total expenses are attributed to inpatient and outpatient hospital services, while professional services alone will account for 30% of total spending in 2023.

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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