Forbes September 26, 2023
The “Pink tax”—the financial penalty levied on females for everything from tampons and razors to toys and dry cleaning—is alive and well in the U.S. healthcare system.
Despite prohibitions against gender discrimination built into the Affordable Care Act (ACA), women are still paying more in out-of-pocket healthcare costs than men and getting less value for their health insurance premium dollars, according to new research released today from Deloitte.
The new report, “Hiding in plain sight: The health care gender toll,” showed that women spend $15.4 billion more than men in out-of-pocket healthcare costs each year, based on deductibles, coinsurance, and out-of-pocket maximums. The discrepancy held for women in every age group from 19 to 64.
The main driver of the...