Healthcare costs for large employers rose just 4.9% this year,down from 8.5% in 2011 and 6.2% in 2010, according to an analysisby Aon Hewitt, PlanSponsor reports. But the consultancy projectsthe average premium increase in 2013 will be 6.3%.

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Aon put the average cost per employee at $10,522 this year, vs.$10,034 in 2011, and projects that will rise to $11,188 next year.Employees' portion of the health insurance premium was $2,204 thisyear, up from $2090 last year, while employees' out-of-pocket costsrose to $2,200, up from $2,072 last year.

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See the full story here and Aon's press release here.

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