'Employers medical claim cost outpaces salary spends in 5 yrs'
The key factors that have negatively impacted employers' healthcare costs are medical inflation, room rent and associated charges, cost variations across key geographical locations and health risks, according to report published by Marsh India, a subsidiary of Marsh, the global leader in insurance broking and risk management.
The report found that 95 per cent employers rated the increase in treatment costs as the biggest challenge they faced when managing healthcare costs. Increased health risks are rated by 86 percent employers as among the top three causes for concern.
The study said the cost to employers for providing employee benefits continues to rise. A typical premium increase has been in the range of 16 per cent to 22 per cent in 2012.
In order to manage the rising cost of health care, more than 70 per cent of employers have made changes to plan designs in the last two years. Popular changes include the implementation of room rent restrictions (86 per cent) and cost sharing with employees on claims (32 per cent).
Companies also anticipate making plan design changes over the next three years to manage these rising costs: Nearly 60 per cent of the companies say that they will re-evaluate the employee contribution and 55 per cent plan to introduce preventive care going forward.
"Organisations need to understand the controllable and uncontrollable cost drivers that affect their plan if they are to maximise
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