U.S. employers foresee health costs up 8 pct-poll

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By Kim Dixon CHICAGO, Feb 21 (Reuters) - U.S. businesses, which have seen skyrocketing inflation in their health care costs in recent years, expect those costs to rise 8 percent this year and next, according to a national poll released on Wednesday. That's a respite after a 13 percent spike in 2003, but still not good news for employers, said the authors of the survey of about 600 large employers by the National Business Group on Health and benefits firm Watson Wyatt. "We get to a ...

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