Big Firms Expect 9% Rise in Health Care Cost

Well, it's not in double digits — yet...

A new survey by the National Business Group on Health — which includes huge employers like Microsoft — finds that they expect their health care costs to rise in 2011 by an average of almost 9 percent. For this year, they estimated it was about 7 percent.

And they'll be sharing the misery with their employees. Sixty-three percent plan to raise the portion of health insurance paid by their workers.

Desperately searching for some good news in the report, I found this: three-quarters of the employers now pay for wellness programs for obese or overweight workers. (Perhaps to counter the overeating brought on by the stress of paying insurance premiums??)

This program aired on August 19, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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