How Employees View Their Health Benefits

Workers rank health insurance as their first or second-most important benefit, according to a study by The Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). Sixty-five percent say health insurance is extremely important while 21% say it’s very important. Fifty-eight percent plan to work longer than they would like in order to continue getting health insurance benefits. When asked why, 43% cited the cost of individual health insurance, and 15% cited the cost of medical care.

Thirty-two percent of workers say that an employer’s benefit package is extremely important while 44% say it’s very important. In fact, benefits have been the reason that 21% of workers accepted jobs, quit jobs, or changed jobs. Many workers are not especially satisfied with their employer’s benefit package. Only 11% are extremely satisfied; 33% are very satisfied, 34% are somewhat satisfied, and 11% are not too satisfied or not at all satisfied.

Job satisfaction is strongly tied to satisfaction over benefits. For example, 55% of those who are extremely satisfied with their benefits are extremely satisfied with their job. In contrast, less than 10% of those who are only somewhat satisfied with their benefits are extremely satisfied with their job.

The Candidate’s Views on Health Care

Regardless of who wins the 2012 Presidential race, many Americans don’t see our healthcare system getting better anytime soon, no matter who is voted into office, according to The TeleVox Healthy World Report. Though Romney has declared to repeal and replace Obamacare, the two candidates don’t always differ on healthcare platforms when it comes to outcome and performance incentives for hospitals and doctors, according to political analyst Doug McPherson.  Under Obamacare, hospitals get rewards or penalties based on their ability to meet standards of high-quality care. Romney would not repeal this aspect because he also believes in rewarding hospitals based on outcomes. President Obama is an advocate for electronic medical record systems and Romney also believes information technology will improve healthcare delivery. To download the study, visit

Last Updated 08/10/2022

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