Deductibles, co-payments for office visits, and prescription drug co-payments have been increasing in recent years for workers with employee-sponsored health coverage, according to a new study from the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

Among workers with employee-only coverage in a preferred provider organization (PPO), for example, the percentage with a deductible of at least $500 increased from 14 percent in 2000 to 52 percent in 2009. It was 48 percent in 2008 and 36 percent in 2007.

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