San Diego Business Journal

Health Care Costs Increase 7.8% for San Diego Employers

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Health care costs have increased an average of 7.8 percent in San Diego over the past year, according to an employee benefits survey released recently by San Diego-based Intercare Insurance Solutions, a subsidiary of Chicago-based brokerage Hub International Ltd.

This compares with a national increase of 6.5 percent, according to a report from global consultancy PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

The survey polled 114 area employers ranging in size from six employees to 23,000, representing a wide gamut of industries, Intercare said.

More than half of the employers surveyed increased the amount of the premium they pass along to employees. There’s been a decrease in HMO/PPO plans, but a 30 percent increase in consumer-driven health plans.

About three quarters of the companies said they had plans to begin a wellness program within two years.

— Meghana Keshavan