Corporate health costs go up
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted March 26, 2007
Health care costs will rise 8% for employers in 2007 and another 8% in 2008, according to a survey by Watson Wyatt Worldwide and the National Business Group on Health.
In an effort to control these costs, employers say they will continue to invest in on-site medical clinics, call-in medical help lines and employee health appraisals, according to survey results.
The survey of 573 large employers found that while costs remain high, they have become more predictable in recent years. Eighty-two percent of employers also said their health care costs came in at or below budget in 2006, as did 84% in 2005.
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