Health and fitness companies pay more for the same level of care, but some pay significantly more for it, according to a new report.
The analysis, based on data from the Federal Trade Commission, found that the average company paid $1,000 more per person for health care compared with those who charged less, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The analysis, which looked at the most expensive health care plans offered through health insurance companies in the United States, found companies that offer high-deductible health plans paid $3,000 higher per person than other companies.
Health care providers are paid to deliver care, with the bulk of the money coming from employers and employers’ plans, the report said.
Many of the companies that pay the highest prices are for older people and people with chronic illnesses.
While many companies have come under fire for not offering adequate coverage, some have found ways to raise premiums, such as limiting or eliminating deductibles, and some have offered plans that allow for the purchase of health insurance policies outside of their current networks, the Times reported, citing a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
In 2016, the cost of health care was $11,839 per person, according a study from the Urban Institute, and the median age of a family was 51.1 years old.