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By the Numbers: A look at health care cost containment

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Wellness programs and consumer-directed health plans will become twice as common over the next five years. Here’s how the numbers shake out on employer strategies for reining in health care costs.    

                                                                                               % of firms
Top health cost-containment strategies                  2007     2012   
Wellness/prevention programs                                     19%      44%
Consumer-directed health plans                                  17%      43%
Increasing employee costs on contributory plans     16%      39%

Source: “Study of Employee Benefits: 2007 and Beyond,” Prudential 

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