Medical Insurance Costs On the Rise for the Healthcare Industry

May 4, 2011    

Medical insurance costs are continuing to rise for healthcare employers across the country. The 2011 Compensation Data Healthcare survey results show healthcare organizations report an average premium increase of 9.5 percent. Sixty nine percent of respondents indicated they pay more than $9,600 annually for an employee plus family plan.

“The rising cost of insurance premiums is something that continues to be an issue for healthcare organizations,” said Amy Kaminski, director of marketing for Compdata Surveys, the nation’s leading pay and benefits survey data provider. “To counteract these rising costs, organizations have to look in different directions in order to continue providing quality coverage for their employees.”

Premium costs remain high for employers, as 70 percent of employers pay more than $7,200 for an employee plus spouse plan. Sixty one percent of survey respondents are paying more than $7,200 in premium costs for an employee plus children plan. The premium costs for an employee only plan range between $2,400 and $7,200 for 91.1 percent of those surveyed.

Employers are often forced to shift some of the cost to their employees in an effort to offset the increasing outlay. Sixty three percent of organizations have increased the employee portion of the premium while 49.7 percent increased deductible levels. Eighty two percent of organizations report utilizing coordination of benefits in an effort to avoid overlap of benefit costs.

One way to reduce costs to the employer is through the type of plan offered. More employers are offering HDHPs. In 2011, 19.4 percent of organizations reported offering an HDHP compared to 15.8 percent in 2010. The most prevalent coverage offered among healthcare organizations is a PPO plan, offered by 84.3 percent of organizations. HMO plans are the third most common, offered by 18.7 percent.

About the Survey
Compensation Data 2011 Healthcare contains data on 250 industry specific job titles and 350 benchmark job titles ranging from entry-level to top executives. Data was collected from more than 1,100 healthcare employers reporting on nearly 5,300 locations across the country. The results provide a comprehensive summary of pay data, benefit information and pay practices with an effective date of January 1, 2011.

Compdata Surveys is the nation’s leading compensation and benefits survey data provider. Thousands of U.S. organizations provide data each year ensuring the reliability of our results. Compdata Surveys has been providing comprehensive data at affordable prices to organizations from coast to coast since 1988. For further information about the compensation and benefits surveys, contact Michelle Willis at (800) 300-9570.

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