A worker, on average, spent $3,962 on family premiums in 2011, an increase of 74 percent from 2003. Meanwhile, the average family premium totaled $15,022, an increase of 62 percent from 2003, the report said.
Health care employment totaled 14.45 million as of October. For the year ended in October, health care hiring increased by 296,300, or 2.1 percent. Last month's health care hiring was above the monthly average for the prior 12 months of 24,700 new jobs.
U.S. unemployment held steady last month at 8.1 percent as the overall economy added 115,000 jobs. Hospitals added 4,100 jobs in April for growth of 0.1 percent to bring total hospital employment to 4.8 million. For the year that ended in April, hospital employment grew by 95,100 jobs, or 2 percent.
With 72 million people already struggling to pay health bills, health care providers may be in for nasty weather as a new wave of cash- and coverage-strapped patients join the ranks. Some hospitals believe high-deductible plans play a role in the trend.