Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Women pay more than men for individual health insurance

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News’s medical correspondent, reported tonight on “NBC Nightly News” that women often pay more than men of the same age for comparable individual health insurance. The video link for the story is here.

There seems to be little in federal law that prohibits this practice, and the new president and Democratic Congress are more interested in expanding group insurance or portability than repairing inequities in individual plans. Women are charged more for a number of reasons. They tend to live longer, they use more medical services, and they are (in some age ranges) more likely to be pregnant (without a responsible spouse).

Gender equity cuts both ways.

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