MASSDEVICE ON CALL — U.S. businesses expect to see a 7% increase in healthcare costs next year, according to a new survey, a bigger jump than they’ve seen in the last 3 years.
More than half of the businesses surveyed said that they would also shift more of the cost of healthcare to their workers and they also plan to boost programs that reward employees for engaging in healthy habits, Healthwatch reported.
"Rising health care costs continue to plague employers at an alarming rate," according to Helen Darling, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, which conducted the survey. "Although cost increases have stabilized somewhat, they are still on a higher base from last year and are simply not sustainable, especially when our nation’s economy and workers’ wages are virtually flat and everybody is struggling."
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