Employers have contained the rise in health care costs to 2.6 percent, according to the 2017 Mercer National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans.
Mercer says health costs rose roughly 3.3 percent between 2013-17. Between 2007-13, however, costs on average rose about 6.2 percent.
“The high cost of health care poses major challenges to employers and their employees,” Mercer Health and Benefits Senior Partner Sharon Cunninghis said. “We’re helping employers gain ground on some of their biggest cost drivers by such means as addressing chronic conditions with enhanced care management and targeting double-digit spending growth on specialty drugs with a suite of pharmacy solutions.