health care costs

4 Ways to Deal With Medical Debt

It is not uncommon for people to leave the hospital with $100,000 or more in medical bills. Here's what to do if you're in a similar situation.

Could Slowing Health Care Costs Save Medicare?

The rise in health care costs has significantly outpaced both inflation and economic growth for decades, leading to increasingly dire projections about Medicare's long-term solvency in recent years. Yet some promising trends suggest the government program may get a new lease on life.

Forget the Taxman: You're Working to Pay Your Doctor

Recently, Forbes contributor Chris Conover took an interesting angle on the issue of health care in America by calculating the health care costs of the average worker. According to his figures, they add up to $8,953 per year -- the equivalent of 58 days of work.

Life's Necessities Could Cost You $3,794 More in 2013

Surveying the raft of end-of-year surveys floating around right now, it quickly becomes apparent that not only are our taxes set to rise in 2013, but the cost of a whole lot of other stuff is going up, too. The question is: How much more expensive will life get in the new year? Here are the grim statistics.

8 Things That Will Cost More in 2013

Happy New Year! Your life just got more expensive. While congress frets over the looming fiscal cliff and taxpayers brace themselves for higher tax rates, consumers should prepare for certain goods to become pricier in 2013.

Younger Workers' Biggest Worry for Retirement: All of the Above

What has young and middle-aged workers most worried about their retirement prospects? Essentially, everything -- from health care costs to tax rates to being able to afford to pay for a roof overhead -- according to a recent survey from T. Rowe Price and Harris Interactive.

In Retirement Planning, Don't Forget to Do the Emotional Math, Too

Many financial advisors might make retirement planning out to be an exact science. Their financial calculators will spit out hard numbers, detailing almost to the day when you can quit working. Reality, however, isn't So exact, and those calculators miss a host of subjective emotional factors that you shouldn't ignore.

How to Ruin Your Retirement in 3 Steps

A successful, prosperous retirement is a common goal for most of us, but it's remarkably easy to wreck your golden years if you're not being careful. Here are three steps you could be taking right now to ruin your retirement.