In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 a waitress sets a table for dinner at the Blue Plate restaurant in San Francisco. Nearly 200 San Francisco businesses charge diners and othe

 

              In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 a waitress sets a table for dinner at the Blue Plate restaurant in San Francisco. Nearly 200 San Francisco businesses charge diners and othe
In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 a waitress sets a table for dinner at the Blue Plate restaurant in San Francisco. Nearly 200 San Francisco businesses charge diners and other customers an extra fee to pay for employee health care, but millions of dollars of it never gets spent on doctor visits or medicine. An Associated Press analysis of city records shows 59 percent of businesses that impose health care surcharges of about 3 per cent to 5 per cent on their clientele collected an average of $61,000 more than they spent on health care last year. Blue Plate suspended the fee because many of the young, healthy employees didn’t have many medical expenses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)