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Consumers’ Medical Debt Ranks Low Over Other Forms of Debt

GoBankingRates’ latest survey on debt in the U.S. shows what most of us already know – consumers have various debts of various sizes, the lowest being medical debt. Sixty-five percent of the 2,500 consumers surveyed have mortgage debt while 21 percent have medical debt. Among the respondents with medical debt, their balances are less than $500. http://bit.ly/2gMeLsy

Family Premiums Under Employer Plans Continue Modest Increase

Yearly family premiums under employer-sponsored health insurance plans increased by $18,764 or an average of 3 percent in 2017, according to the 2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Educational Trust. And, employees’ average payment toward family premiums has increased at a faster rate than the employer’s portion since 2012. http://kaiserf.am/2hiVoHP

Cybersecurity Plans are Difficult to Achieve

Complete protection against cybersecurity attacks for hospitals is a challenge, FierceHealthcare reports, based on research from Harvard University, Case Western Reserve University and Brown University in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Hospitals are developing best practices in the aftermath of several significant cybersecurity attacks, but contingency plans are lagging in the U.S. http://bit.ly/2xLm33l

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