From the April 2010 issue of Benefits Selling Magazine •Subscribe!

Median health care costs expected to increase

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Costs are expected to increase 6.5% in 2010.

Median health cost increases continue at more than twice the rate of inflation.

"For employers, the current environment is a clarion call to adjust their health plan strategy, reassess vendor relationships and aggressively address the challenge to encourage workers to become better advocates for their own health."
- Ron Fontanetta, Towers Watson

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Click to view enlarged image."Inspiring workers to be actively involved in their own health remains an uphill battle for most companies."

83% of companies have already revamped or expect to revamp their health care strategy within the next two years, up from 59% in 2009.

"As companies and their workers recover from the great recession and have to cope with the reset economy, a strategic shift in their health strategies is underway. Employers frustrated with high costs and limited employee interest in personal health management will be forced to take more aggressive steps to drive down cost increases while keeping workers healthy and productive. Building a healthy workforce has to be a team effort with both employers and their workers actively involved."
- Helen Darling, president, National Business Group on Health


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