Moderating health care costs could signal trouble ahead

December 2008
Employee Benefit News;Dec2008, Vol. 22 Issue 15, p48
The article reports on results of the 2009 Segal Health Plan Cost Trend Survey. According to the survey, health care cost increases are projected to moderate during the year for most types of coverage. The prescription drug cost trend is expected to decline from 10.7 percent in 2008 to 9.8 percent in 2009. The cost trend for physician visits is projected to be 8.9 percent, down from 9.9 percent, and the trend for hospital services is expected to fall to 10.9 percent from 11.3 percent.


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