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 manufacturing and distribution organizations surveyed already include prescription coverage in their policies.
According to the 2011 Compensation Data Manufacturing & Distribution survey, more than 96 percent of reporting manufacturing and distribution employers include prescription coverage in the employee medical plan. More than 29 percent of high deductible health plans (HDHP) have no prescription co-pay compared to just 2.6 percent of preferred provider organizations (PPO).
“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. “Many companies are looking for ways to help employees balance these costs.”
The average co-pay dollar amount for generic prescriptions has remained the same since last year at $10.80. However, formulary prescriptions have increased, costing an average of $29 this year, up from $27.80 in 2010. Non-formulary prescription co-pay amounts are rapidly increasing. In 2011, the average co-pay amount was $58, compared to $47.20 last year. In 2009, employees paid an average co-pay of $44.80 for non-formulary prescriptions.
About the Survey
Compensation Data 2011 Manufacturing & Distribution surveyed more than 100 industry-specific job titles and 350 benchmark titles ranging from entry-level to top executives. Data was collected from nearly 1,100 manufacturing and distribution employers reporting on more than 9,500 locations across the country. The results provide a comprehensive summary of pay data, benefit information and pay practices with an effective date of February 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.