Health benefits cost U.S. employers a lot, but 2017 price trends were a lot gentler for typical U.S. employers than for employer health plan sponsors in much of the rest of the world.
Analysts Mercer, a unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies, look at 2017 medical cost trends.
U.S. employers held per-employee cost increases to 2.6% in 2017, according to the analysts.
Employers in the rest of the world averaged an increase of 9.5%.
The analysts based the U.S. results on a survey of employers, and the results for employers outside the United States on a survey of insurers.
Here are three things the analysts found.
1. Underlying costs are rising quickly in much of the world.