Health Care Rates Poised to Soar: San Francisco and Its Workers to Foot the Bill

"Sixteen percent

Being presented with a whopping health care bill is enough to make you ill all over again. It's even worse when one is stuck with a surprise bill. And that's just happened to San Francisco and its employees.

Distressing numbers revealed at yesterday's Health Service System board meeting caught the city off guard. Rates for the Blue Shield HMO plan used by thousands of city workers are set to skyrocket by 15.9 percent in the coming year. This is a jump of nearly three times what the city anticipated in a bad scenario.

To put things in perspective, the rates for the city's other health plans — the City Plan PPO and Kaiser HMO — will grow by only 1.3 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively.

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