Large employers will see their healthcare costs rise 8% in 2006, or $597 per employee, according to an annual report by Towers Perrin. That's about the same as in 2005, but less than the double-digit increases of the past several years. The report charts healthcare costs at 204 large employers across the country. Employers' average total costs per employee climbed 140% over the past decade. Employers continue to pay the majority of healthcare costs for employees, about 80% of the total, according to the report. Employees' costs for healthcare coverage, meanwhile, will rise an average of about 10% in 2006, compared with a 12% increase this year. -- by Michael Romano
Large firms' health costs to rise 8% in 2006: survey
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