Healthcare reform will soon require all new medical plans to offer some type of prescription coverage, reducing unavoidable costs for many workers. Although medical plans vary from employer to employer, the majority of services organizations surveyed already include prescription co-pays in their policies.
According to the 2011 Compensation Data Services survey, more than 95 percent of reporting services employers included prescription co-pays in the employee medical plan. In 2011, nearly 97 percent of preferred provider organization plans (PPO) include a co-pay while 86.9 percent of high deductible health plans (HDHP) include a co-pay.
“Prescription costs are expected to drop in the future, but for some employees, it will still be a challenge now,” said Amy Kaminski, director of marketing for Compdata Surveys, the nation’s leading pay and benefits survey data provider.
Overall, the average co-pay dollar amount has remained similar since last year, sitting at $11 for generic and $29 for formulary prescriptions. In 2010, co-pay amounts averaged $11 for generic and $28 for formulary prescriptions. This year, the majority of PPO plans, 79.1 percent, required prescription co-pay amounts based on a flat dollar amount. HDHP plans are increasingly offering prescription co-pay plans based on a flat dollar amount at 45.6 percent this year, up from 33.3 percent in 2010.
About the Survey
Compensation Data 2011 Services surveyed more than 75 industry-specific job titles and 350 benchmark titles ranging from entry-level to top executives. Data was collected from more than 400 services employers reporting on more than 2,800 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 more information about our compensation and benefit surveys, contact Michelle Willis at (800) 300-9570.