Archive for June 11th, 2017

How An Industry Shifted From Protecting Patients To Seeking Profit

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

In 1993, before the Blues went for-profit, insurers spent 95 cents out of every dollar of premiums on medical care, which is called their “medical loss ratio.”

The average medical loss ratio is now closer to 80 percent. Some of the Blues were spending far less than that a decade into the new century.

The medical loss ratio at the Texas Blues, where the whole concept of health insurance started, was just 64.4 percent in 2010.