A graph displaying the findings of an Ernst Young survey that examined how companies are controlling insurance prices.
Impatient with the progress of national health care, some states have proceeded with their own reforms -- many of them models for various congressional proposals. More than three-quarters of respondents to an Ernst & Young survey of small and midsize businesses have taken steps -- including the stopgap measures of reducing benefits and increasing employee contributions -- to tame costs.
% of respondents who tried them
in the year preceding the survey
Introducing a preferred-provider organization
Increasing employee contributions
Adding a health-maintenance organization
Adding a flexible benefits program
Reducing benefits coverage
Introducing a point-of-service arrangement
Reducing the number of HMO options
No measures taken
Source: "1994 Entrepreneur of the Year Institute Membership Survey," Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Services Group, Dallas, August 1994.* * *