Early Responses To Mercer’s Annual Survey Indicate Cost Will Rise 5.7 Percent Next Year

Source: Mercer, Press release, September 4, 2008

Health benefit cost growth predicted to ease slightly in 2009 as employers shift cost.

After three years of double-digit growth in the first half of the decade, annual health benefit cost increases slowed to about 6 percent in 2005 and have stayed there ever since. Preliminary survey findings released today by Mercer indicate that cost growth is likely to slow a little further in 2009, to 5.7 percent – which would be the lowest increase in more than 10 years. Last year, Mercer’s annual survey found that average health benefit cost per employee rose 6.1 percent in 2007.

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