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Stethoscope on money Health benefits comprise 7.3% of employee compensation for private-sector employers, and the gap between their costs and public-sector expenses is growing. (Photo: Shutterstock)

More than 80% of decisionmakers at U.S. businesses believe the cost of providing health benefits will become unsustainable in the not-too-distant future and will require a greater government role in providing coverage and restraining costs.

The Purchaser Business Group on Health and KFF recently asked more than 300 large-business executives about the cost of health benefits and the role of government. Health benefits comprise 7.3% of employee compensation for private-sector employers, and the gap between their costs and public-sector expenses is growing. The Biden administration is advocating for a more expansive government role in both coverage and cost containment.

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