ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Average healthcare costs for U.S. employers increased 7.3 percent in 2009, according to study published today by Thomson Reuters. The year-over-year increase topped the 2008 rate of 6.1 percent and occurred in a year when the U.S. inflation rate was negative.
The study analyzed insurance claims data for 144 small, medium-sized, and large companies that provided health benefits to 9.5 million individuals from 2007-2009. Data for the study was derived from the Thomson Reuters MarketScan® Commercial Claims and Expenditures Database.
"In a year when inflation was non-existent, employer healthcare costs continued to surge," said Chris Justice, author of the report and director of practice leadership for the Healthcare & Science business of Thomson Reuters. "This analysis puts the real-world healthcare challenges facing employers into perspective. These cost increases have come at a particularly difficult time for U.S. companies."
A copy of the study is available here: http://factsforhealthcare.com/management/Assets/EmployerNormsBook0210_2.pdf
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