A survey of 1,230 large employers brings mixed news to healthcare providers struggling to maximize revenue as patients continue to absorb more of their treatment costs.

In the short run, surveyed companies covering more than 10 million employees expect to continue to shift costs to employees in a variety of ways. For instance, 42 percent are considering offering high-deductible health plans as a full replacement for the health benefit program, compared with 15 percent doing so today, according to Aon Hewitt, which offers risk management, insurance, outsourced human resources and business process services, and a health insurance exchange to large companies.

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