According to a news release from Buck Consultants, 2007
costs for the most popular plans continue to increase by
more than 10%, similar to trends reported in Buck’s
previous survey the year before. The latest poll analyzed
responses of more than 70 health insurers, HMOs and
The expected 2007 rate of increases for each coverage type and the percentage change from 2006 are:
- Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)
10.6% -0.3% from 10.9%.
- Point-of-service (POS)
10.6%, -0.2% from 10.8%.
- Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)
11.1%, +0.3 from 10.8%.
- High Deductible Consumer Driven
11.1%, +0.1 from 11%.
Health insurers reported an average prescription drug
trend of 11.3%, down from 11.4% reported in the prior
survey. This is considerably higher than the 5.2% reported
by pharmacy benefit managers.
The Buck survey is available for $100 from Buck’s Global Survey Resources, 500 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ, 07096-1533 or at 800-887-0509.