One of the factors contributing to the high cost of health care is, well, the high cost of health care. Too often, consumers avoid preventive-care visits or checkups for minor issues because they either can't afford to go to the doctor or have no idea what the final bill is going to look like. This avoidance can easily result in more expensive doctor visits later.

The rise of consumer-driven and high-deductible health care plans has exasperated this problem, and many employers are now backpedaling on this cost-saving strategy. Meanwhile, the ACA's preventive services requirement has encouraged many more people to go see their doctor.

Using data compiled from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Kaiser Family Foundation has put together a database showing how cost of care impacts consumers.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.