The cost of health care for individuals with employer-sponsored health insurance rose 4% in the third quarter of 2011 versus the third quarter of 2010, and 0.9% versus the second quarter of 2011, new data reveal.

The Thomson Reuters Healthcare Spending Index for Private Insurance measures current and historical levels of per capita health care spending for plan participants with employer-sponsored coverage. The HSI-PI estimates are based on data from the Thomson Reuters MarketScan Databases, a dataset containing claims paid for inpatient and outpatient services, as well as outpatient prescription drugs.

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