Workers to Pay Even More for Health Care in 2009

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Next year, American workers will be paying even more than they already do for co-pays and deductibles.

U.S. News & World Report just reported on the results of a survey performed by the Mercer consulting firm. The survey found that “59 percent of companies intend to keep down rising health care costs in 2009 by raising workers’ deductibles, copays or out-of-pocket spending limits.”

According to Mercer, health care costs for 2009 rose 5.7 percent, which was the same for this year. In 2007, the figure was 6.1 percent. These figures are still not very encouraging because the rising cost of health care is growing faster than inflation or workers wages.

Very bad news indeed!


High Concentration of Autism Among Somali Children in Minneapolis

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A sharp increase of autism cases in Minneapolis among Somali children is of high concern to the Twin Cities’ medical and Somali community.

According to a recent article by Minneapolis’ “Star Tribune,” Somali children make up a very small portion of the school population (about 6 percent), but account for 17 percent of those in Autism Programs. With autism on the rise primarily among Somali children, there has been speculation that everything from vitamin deficiencies, genetics, and vaccines may be to blame.

The article also shows that more children, regardless of their race, have been diagnosed with Autism than ever before, because more people are being trained on how to diagnose it and the definition has expanded through the years.