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Employers can expect to pay more for worker health care next year, although the projected increase will be less than the current inflation rate.

The average cost is expected to increase by 6.5% to more than $13,800 per employee, according to research by Aon. This projection is more than double the 3% increase to health care budgets that employers experienced from 2021 to 2022, but is below the 9.1 inflation figure reported through the Consumer Price Index.

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