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Sickening, Isn't It?

As providers jack up health-care costs, there are options that won't leave your employees out in the cold and flu season.

This story appears in the October 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

In the past year, the cost of providing James Carroll's 50 employees with health insurance has gone up more than $50,000. That doesn't help the bottom line at the Sharon, Massachusetts, entrepreneur's company, Crescent Ridge Dairy Inc. Nor does it help Carroll's employees, who pay a fourth of the premiums.

Rather than cut his company's contribution, Carroll is looking for lower-priced coverage. It hasn't been easy. "You may lower the cost but find the policy doesn't cover some things," Carroll says. "And I can't see having somebody not go to the doctor because their coverage doesn't cover what's wrong."

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