Health and welfare benefits services

2018 Health and Well-being Touchstone Survey 

PwC's annual Health and Well-being Touchstone Survey reports on changes to employer sponsored health plans. The survey data contains detailed benefits information provided by over 900 participating employers in 37 industries across the U.S. Our report surveys the current landscape and future outlook for employee total rewards and compensation as employers vie for talent.

Key findings:

  • Employers have put their health strategies on hold in these uncertain times.
  • Employees are paying a lot more for their PPO plans.
  • Cost-shifting is still happening, but at a lower rate.
  • Workforce alignment may be a misalignment, with employers and employees demonstrating a difference on priorities and needs.
  • Employers may offer many retirement plans to their employees but still face the challenges of them not being retirement ready. 

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PwC's Barbara Gniewek and Greg Mansur discuss the highlights of the 2018 Health and Well-being Touchstone Survey results.

About PwC’s 11th annual Health and Well-being Touchstone Survey

Our Health and Well-being Touchstone Survey reports on changes to employer sponsored health plans. The 2018 Health and Well-being Touchstone Survey results show a shift from the past trends: while healthcare cost increases continue to outpace general inflation, other factors such as a tight labor market and an influx of cash from tax reform have allowed employers to hit the pause button, resulting in more status quo than adoption of emerging strategies. However, with the continued changes in the healthcare economy—consolidations, new entrants, emerging technology and new partnerships/mergers—employers who seize this moment will leapfrog their competitors by offering more cost efficient programs that optimize spend while engaging employees and dependents. While major regulatory reform does not seem imminent, those who wait on the sidelines during this healthcare transformation may find themselves behind in the struggle to win the war for talent and for greater engagement.

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Our purpose—driving better performance and results from your health and welfare programs for your people and your organization.

PwC can help you evaluate the performance of your programs and vendor partners through proven cost driver analyses and vendor assessment approaches. As your trusted advisor, we understand how to implement innovative health management strategies within the increasingly complex healthcare environment.

Areas of focus include:

  • Actuarial consulting
  • Active and retiree health and welfare plan design, funding and taxation
  • Vendor selection
  • Plan performance management
  • Claims assessments
  • Prescription drug benefit management
  • Provider strategies
  • Clinical programs and wellness strategies
  • Benefit plan compliance and reporting
  • Financial reporting and cost driver analyses
  • Private exchange evaluation and analyses

Leading the pack

ALM Intelligence, a leading analyst firm in the HR consulting market, has judged PwC to be a Vanguard firm - amongst those with the broadest and deepest capabilities in the market.*

*Source: ALM I​​ntelligence (formerly Kennedy), (c) ALM Media, LLC. Reproduced under license 


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Barbara Gniewek

Principal, Health and Welfare Practice Leader, PwC US

Greg Mansur

Principal, PwC US

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