Health Care Cost Spike Will Continue to Bedevil Employers

Entering 2024, growing health care costs are the main worry of employer plan sponsors, according to industry experts. To cope with the problem, those experts add, employers may seek novel benefit designs, while also reaching for tried-and-true cost control methodologies like narrower networks.

Brokerage WTW found in a September survey that 69% of surveyed large employers listed health care costs as a “top health and wellbeing priority” over the next three years, and that health care costs were the most frequently named priority by respondents.

“I think that the emphasis on cost is actually bigger now than it was a few years ago,” says Jeff Levin-Scherz, M.D., population health lead at WTW and an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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