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As healthcare costs continue to rise, employees shoulder the burden - Benefits News


A TransUnion Healthcare study has found more evidence that employees are bearing the brunt of healthcare costs in the form of deductibles and OOP maximums, with a 13 percent rise in both between 2014-2015. 

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“Employers, the report concludes, are lowering their premiums through coinsurance and high deductible plans that force employees to assume a larger share of the costs. In the meantime, however, initiatives such as self-directed healthcare, intended to reduce healthcare costs by encouraging value-based purchase decisions and lower utilization, have so far failed to gain traction.”  The article points to employee disengagement as part of the issue, in part due to the fact that price transparency is only just evolving.

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