Blocks with health care concepts Addressing the entire constellation of health care outcomes through comprehensive, coordinated and accountable care delivery may be the best path forward toward fixing our broken system. (Photo: Shutterstock)

For most employers pre-pandemic, offering a health benefits program was a business necessity. Checking the box. Today, it has manifested into something far greater. Health care is not only a crucial component of the overall recruitment and retention strategy; employer health benefits leaders are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on health care because they see the value in keeping their employees healthy, safe and productive.

But what exactly are employers getting when it comes to their health care dollars? The U.S. spends dramatically more per person on health care than any other country in the world, but has lowest life expectancy and some of the worst health outcomes. In other words, our health care system is failing and is becoming unaffordable for employers. The question facing employers today is how to achieve better results for the approximately 150 million Americans who are covered by employer-sponsored health insurance.

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