Only about a third of U.S. employers gave the country’s health care system a favorable “A” or “B” grade, according to a recent survey from Deloitte.By contrast, nearly four in 10 (38percent) gave a “C” grade, while 29 percent awarded a “D” or “F” grade. Deloitte polled 500 randomly selected U.S. employers with 50 or more workers offering health benefits.
Separate Deloitte surveys of physicians and consumers showed similar results—most respondents gave the current U.S. health care system either average or poor grades. Many employers said high costs prompted their average grades. According to the survey, 80 percent of employers said their health-care costs have risen over the last three years, estimating 30-percent growth during that period.
Employers cited hospital costs, prescription costs and inefficiencies in billing as the largest drivers of overall health care cost increases. When asked what is likely to improve the system, the leading response was “increased transparency around the prices of specific medical products, services and procedures (52 percent)” followed by “clear, accessible information about the performance of care provided by doctors (46 percent).”
Additionally, the survey found that only 33 percent of employers are “completely prepared” for changes to the health care system, including full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
The full study is available at http://bit.ly/19088Zb.