keeping care affordable
Dickering with the Nation’s Health Care
While Congress dickers with health care, I am taking a close look at my own costs.
I retired on December 31, 2001. In the 15½ years since, my health costs have averaged $4,842.02 per year and have been more than $2,000 for all but one of those years.
In the 17 years before retirement, my medical costs never reached $2,000 a year.
I rejoice that I am blessed with reasonably good health, even now at 80½. Many younger people experience much more substantial medical costs. Yet I suspect that much of the dramatic increase in my medical expenses is not altogether related to increases in the care that I need. Insurance companies and pharmaceuticals have greatly increased their profits.
Good health care cost me much less when I lived abroad or traveled outside the USA.
What are your costs? Are they increasing? What can we do to keep good care affordable?