New year, new data: 2019 Employee healthcare views

It’s January – a time for an honest look at what needs to be addressed in the year ahead of us. With healthcare always being in the forefront of our minds, Maestro Health surveyed 1,000 employed consumers to gauge their current views of healthcare and one thing was very clear – they want their employer to step up and truly address the cost struggle and increase employees’ health outcomes.

 Here is a look at the full survey findings:

  • 68% of respondents say the cost of healthcare has gone up in the past three years

  • 62% of respondents feel their employer does not serve as a resource for their healthcare-related questions

  • 33% of respondents don’t understand their medical bills

  • Only 33% of respondents say they completely understand the health coverage offered through their employer

  • 44% of respondents say their employer doesn’t offer anything outside of health benefits for employees to meet their health goals

  • 60% of respondents say that financial incentives would make them more willing to improve their health regime

  • 39% of respondents have chosen not to go to the doctor to avoid costs

  • 54% of respondents don’t know what the term “self-funded healthcare” means 

The results are clear: there is still much work to be done to improve employers’ involvement in educating, empowering and motivating their employee base when it comes to their health. Having the right tools to provide cost containment solutions and consistent education and engagement are part of closing that gap.

These insights have even more fuel to our mission to make employee benefits people-friendly again by lowering costs, improving health outcomes and transforming the healthcare experience. At Maestro Health, our solutions are optimized to enable and inspire employers to play the critical role of keeping their employees happy and healthy. This type of support is clearly what employees are seeking. 

You can find more tools and resources on how to lower healthcare costs for your employees and improve outcomes at GameChangerHR.com.