According to a survey of more than 2,800 employers conducted by Mercer L.L.C. of New York, group health care plans increased 6.1% in 2011.  The cost per employee is now over $10,000 per year.  Costs in 2010 were $9,562.  This increase is in line with increases since 2005.Employers continue to look for ways to hold costs down.  According to the survey, 32% of large employers offer a consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) linked to health savings accounts or a reimbursement arrangement of some kind.  In 2010 only 23% of employers said they did so.  

Employers are also adding incentives and/or penalties to boost employee participation in health management systems.  47% of the respondents said they were increasing employee contributions or plan to raise deductibles.

The survey also revealed that increases were larger for smaller corporations (10-499 employees) than larger ones.  9.9% vs. 3.6% for those over 500 employees.