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Employers Want National Approach to Health Care—Still Believe Employer-Based System Works Best: New Survey Looks At Attitudes toward Health Care Reform and Major Health Care Issues.
Date:11/13/2008

changes in the immediate future. Only 45% of respondents expect major federal reforms will become law during the next presidential term.

“Like many Americans that are struggling with health care, employers are also frustrated with the system, yet they are skeptical that a solution is eminent,” Natchek stated.

Conducted by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, the study titled Health Care Cost Control: Industry Approaches and Attitudes, reports responses from 1,054 U.S. benefit plans sponsors, trustees and others who serve in the employee benefits industry. Survey results break down respondents answers based on four unique employee benefit sectors: corporate plans, public /governmental plans, multiemployer benefit plans and professional service firms serving the employee benefits industry.

Other key findings:

  • Although consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs) have been hyped as the ideal model for the future, only 32% of employers have implemented CDHPs. The number is much lower among public and multiemployer plans with only 17% and 12% respectively offering CDHPs.
  • While the support for CDHPs is not as strong as expected, respondents still have faith in the consumerism concept, with 62% citing consumerism as a strategy to improve health care quality and reduce costs over the next two years.
  • Looking forward, the majority of respondents, 72%, believe embrac
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