PwC’s Health Research Institute projects a 6 percent medical cost trend in 2019, consistent with the 5.5 percent to 7 percent range of the previous five years. Costs will likely rise as consumers access health care in more convenient ways, increasing utilization; more doctors become employees of health systems that charge higher prices than independent doctors; and likely higher prices due to the consolidation of the health care market from the recent megamergers such as CVS Health-Aetna and Cigna Corp.-Express Scripts Holding Co.
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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.
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