5 findings on hospitals' employee health benefits

Providers are offering fewer insurance options and spending more per employee on healthcare benefits, according to a 2018 survey from Aon.

The benefits survey involved nearly 250 hospitals and health systems in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Florida, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.

Five findings:

1. The average annual healthcare expense per employee climbed from $13,222 in 2013 to $15,519 in 2018.

2. The majority of respondents (about 60 percent) offer only one or two plans to employees.

3. Fifty-four percent of respondents offer a single paid time off pool arrangement instead of offering separate banks of time off for vacation and sick days.

4. Seventy-nine percent of respondents use online surveys to formally assess workforce engagement, while 21 percent do not measure workforce engagement.

5. Forty-nine percent of respondents offer employees a wellness program they consider comprehensive and coordinated, while 43 percent said they don't have a coordinated program but offer some wellness activities. That compares to 2013, when nearly 25 percent lacked any wellness program.


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