While employees see rising healthcare costs as a problem, they don't believe it's their problem to fix, according to a new survey by Towers Perrin, New York. Some 87% of employees surveyed agreed that healthcare costs are outpacing inflation, and 63% agreed that such costs have an impact on employer profits. But just 46% of respondents said they believe employers are unable to absorb the increases or that it is fair for employees to pay more out of pocket. According to the study, age and health status played a significant role in employees' perceptions. Only 28% of workers under 35 thought it was fair for employers to ask them to absorb some of the annual cost increases, compared with 50% of workers over 35. And only 44% of younger employees believed that rising healthcare costs have an impact on an employers' bottom lines, compared with 70% of older workers. Meanwhile, 76% of workers in poor health said they were willing to receive suggestions and guidance from health plans regarding their care, compared with 64% of those in good health. -- by Laura B. Benko
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