That would be a terrible plan and your hospital should be ashamed. I'm per diem, so I'm not covered in our hospital's plan, but we have a $250 annual deductible per individual, $500 per family - not sure about the out of pocket max, don't have it handy here. We have two plans at my hospital - one is the "classic" plan, which gives a wide choice of who you see and pays pretty well on drugs. There is a premium for it, on a sliding scale depending on how many hours you work. Then there is the so-called "value" plan, which puts more limits on your choice of providers and has poorer drug coverage, but is free to the nurse and family I'm lucky enough to live in California and belong to a union that is pretty ready to fight back against the kind of thing your management is proposing. Unfortunately, a lot of employers who are doing very well financially are trying to take advantage of tough economic times to roll back wages and benefits. Union members need to stand together and be ready to fight back.