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Survey: Employers Have High Confidence They Can Control Health Care Costs With Proper Tools
Date:4/22/2008

le should be in improving the health care landscape. Just 26% of employers want the government to develop a taxpayer-funded universal health care system. Without regard to employee size or geographic region, more than 75% of employers surveyed felt the government should require hospitals and doctors to:

-- Publicly disclose pricing

-- Require insurers to publicly disclose actual discounted prices paid to

providers

-- Mandate health care provider quality reporting

"This survey illustrates that employers have a high level of confidence in their ability to control health care costs and that their employees can make informed choices if given the additional tools necessary to do so," Stafford said. "In the current environment, the absence of readily available price and quality data coupled with an expectation of both employers and employees to make sound health care decisions is like asking someone to navigate turbulent waters while blindfolded and without the ability to steer."

Notable results in other categories include:

-- 60% of employers felt health plans/insurers and the government are

ultimately responsible for controlling the cost of health care

-- Just 1% felt the government should have a say in deciding which doctor

or hospital patients should use or how to manage chronic conditions

-- 8.4% of employers felt doctors and hospitals should be responsible for

controlling costs

Asked to project ahead five years:

-- 86.8% of employers surveyed believed more health care costs will shift

to their employees - down 5% from the 2006 survey

-- 51.0% felt that Consumer Driven Health Plans would be the dominant plan

type - down from 52.9% in 2006

-- 47.4% felt both they and their employees will have the price and

quality data necessary to make good health care spending decisions

-- More than 98% were confident they wo
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SOURCE United Benefit Advisors, LLC
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