Piggy banks with calculator and stethoscope The stable rate of increase in the U.S. medicaltrend will be due mainly to moderate price increases, coupled withflat or decreasing utilization rates. (Photo:Shutterstock)yer

The increased use of specialty drugs and other trends will causeU.S. employer's medical costs to rise faster than inflation nextyear – but the increase will be slower than what many employerselsewhere across the globe will face, according to Aon's 2020 Global Medical Trend Rates Report.

U.S. employer medical costs, or "medical trend," will rise 6.5percent in 2020, the same increase as in 2019, though the rate willoutpace inflation by 3.8 percent, Aon brokers predict. The stablerate of increase in the U.S. medical trend will be due mainly tomoderate price increases, coupled with flat or decreasingutilization rates that will likely decline even further in the nextfew years, albeit slightly.

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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.