Health care costs are rising throughout theworld, but more employers are mitigating those costs by offeringpreventive care and wellness programs, according to the 2017 WillisTowers Watson Global Medical Trends Survey.

The cost of health care benefits is projected to rise 7.8percent this year, an increase from 7.3 percent in 2016, accordingto the survey of 218 medical insurers operating in 79 countries.Moreover, a majority of insurers in all regions except the MiddleEast and Africa expect higher or significantly higher medical trendcosts over the next three years.

In the Middle East and Africa, more than half (53 percent) ofinsurers expect the rate of cost increases to remain about the samefor future years.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.