Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why do companies raise premiums?
A. Insurance companies raise premiums when the cost of claims they must pay increases at a faster rate than expected. One main cause of premium increases is medical cost inflation, which measures how much more a particular procedure costs each year.
Medical Utilization, or the number of times doctors perform a procedure each year, can also cause premiums to increase.
Cost Shifting is also responsible for an increase in premiums. Cost shifting occurs when hospitals charge paying patients more money for their stay in the hospital. This offsets their cost of caring for non-paying or indigent patients.
New technologies and medical malpractice claims also increase the cost of health insurance.