The Price of Health Insurance

By Heather Angier, MPH Health insurance increases access to healthcare services. This is true whether providers are paid on a fee for service or capitated basis. A recent study concluded increases in uninsured middle-income families over the past decade are likely due to their inability to afford private insurance, which has been steadily increasing in price yet they make too much money to be eligible for public health insurance (i.e., Medicaid). (Changes in Health Insurance for US Children and their Parents: Comparing 2003 to 2008) Research teams at OHSU and OCHIN interviewed Oregon parents who corroborated these findings: “Even if two people...