Benefits consultant Milliman says health care costs for a family with a common employer-sponsored health plan have more than doubled over the past decade.
The firm projects that a typical American family of four will spend $9,695 on health care this year. That compares with $4,443 spent in 2004. The cost is up 6 percent from last year.
That counts a family's contribution toward insurance premiums, payments at the doctor's office or pharmacy and even bottles of aspirin.
Health care costs have been growing at a slower pace the past few years, but employees are paying a bigger share of the bill.
The actual cost an individual family racks up varies heavily depending on things like how much care they use and the coverage they have.