Brain with gears Employers arenot only expanding their health care program offerings, but moreand more are also starting to address broader organizationalfactors. (Image: Shutterstock)

Employers should be prepared to handle rising health care coststo treat mental and behavioral health disorders –expected by insurers to become some of the top and most expensiveconditions, according to Willis Tower Wilson's 2020 Global Medical Trends Survey.

While cancer, cardiovascular diseases and conditions affectingmusculoskeletal and connective tissue continueto be the most prevalent and expensive conditions, mental andbehavioral disorders will become increasingly significant, so saythis year's survey of 296 leading medical insurers operating in 79countries.

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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.