I just came across this picture, from the Kaiser family foundation website, illustrating just how often employee healthcare costs take up 10% or more of employee payroll. The number was already pretty high more than a decade ago, but it’s gotten even higher:
For large employees, this amounts to almost $5 per hour put aside for healthcare costs:
It will be interesting to see what happens to these numbers the next few years, as the Affordable Care Act gets fully implemented. I, for one, don’t expect to see dramatic changes. But I hope I am wrong.