Our annual health benefits survey of nearly 2,600 employers with 10+ employees, the largest of its kind, provides trends in cost and plan design, and reveals employer priorities and strategies for managing cost and improving quality and experience.
This year’s results highlight three important trends in employer health program management: balancing affordability and choice, creating a culture of health, and moving from cost-shifting to future-focused strategies.
Amid concerns about health care affordability for lower-paid workers, most large employers hit pause on cost-shifting, and some that had offered only a high-deductible plan reversed course and added choice.
New tech-enabled solutions help employees support their own well-being and better manage chronic conditions, while other innovative programs help them navigate a complex health system.
As big claims get bigger and more frequent, employers are finding that care quality and coordination are critical to achieving better outcomes and lower cost.
Consult with a Mercer expert on the National Survey findings and strategies for action.