Minnesota's health plans spent 15% more on patient care in 2002 than the previous year as costs rose for new treatments, technology and drugs, according to the Minnesota Council of Health Plans. The health plans, which cover 2.4 million patients in Minnesota, paid $5.7 billion last year to hospitals, clinics and other healthcare providers. It was the largest one-year increase in spending since the mid-1990s, according to the council. Premiums increased 12% in 2002, the council said. -- by Patrick Reilly
Minn. plans spent 15% more on care in '02
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