Health Care Costs and Car Buying

By: Tim Skubick
By: Tim Skubick

A typical car has an added $1500 added to the sticker price because of health care costs for autoworkers. A state senator says if those workers will agree to fill out health screening questionnaire, it could result in a 10 percent slice out of insurance rates and thus lower the cost of a new car.

Senator Tom George, a Republican from West Michigan, says detecting diseases in the early stages can save up to $200 per person. His legislation would allow insurance companies to offer this screening questionnaire and then pass along the savings to the auto companies. His plan cleared the state Senate and is now in the Michigan House.

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