Escalation in employer health costs might slow a bit in 2013.
The rate of increase in the “medical trend” or change in the underlying health care costs, for a preferred provider organization (PPO) plan could fall to 9.7 percent in the coming year, from 9.9 percent this year, according to consultants at Buck Consultants.
At high-deductible health plans that include health accounts, the rate of increase could slow from 9.9 percent to 9.6 percent.
The consultants have reported those findings in a summary of results from a recent survey of 132 health insurers and health plan administrators.
The results for the PPO plan exclude the effects of prescription coverage.