Insufficient funds: Despite anticipated revenue growth, rising healthcare expenditure will hamper profit

The Health and Welfare Funds industry specializes in providing healthcare coverage and welfare-related benefits to employees, unions and other professional associations. Over the five years to 2018, industry revenue is expected to decrease. During this period, a consistent increase in healthcare expenditure (i.e. medical cost inflation) forced industry operators to consistently raise premiums and increase reserves to ensure healthcare liabilities are properly funded. Combined with stock market volatility, this has also taken its toll on industry profit margins. Industry operators fear that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, if left in place, will discourage union membership, a major driver for the industry, and could reduce revenue...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rising healthcare costs have led companies to cut healthcare benefits, stunting revenue growth
  • The industry remained stable because there is great demand for skilled fund managers
  • Increased healthcare costs and competition are expected to constrain profit margins
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    For the purposes of this report, capital intensity does not imply investment is property, plant and equipment or other traditional sources of capital expenditure in manufacturing and its downstream industries. The primary use of capital in this industry is to maintain reserve requirements to ensure that a fund remains solvent, is able to generate investment income through capital gains and has adequate resources to cover future health and welfare liabilities. In that context, this industry requires a significant amount of capital to maintain operations. A sufficient amount of capital is needed to assure policyholders, regulators and healthcare providers that the fund is able to meet its policy obligations, even during times of adverse conditions. Cap...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Health & Welfare Funds Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Health & Welfare Funds Industry are

  • Effective cost controls
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Financial position of the company (as against financial structure)
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as S&P 500 and Number of employees in the Health & Welfare Funds industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Health & Welfare Funds Industry?

    This industry comprises legal entities (i.e. funds, plans and programs) that provide medical, surgical, hospital, vacation, training and other health- and welfare-related employee benefits, exclusively for the sponsor’s employees or members. Unlike private insurers, health and welfare funds operate on a nonprofit basis for the benefit of members and their sponsors, not shareholders.

    Industry Products
  • Medical benefits
  • Prescription drugs
  • Dental benefits
  • Long-term disability benefits
  • Death benefits
  • Vision
  • Industry Activities
  • Providing employee health and welfare benefit plans (excluding pensions)
  • Providing union health and welfare funds
  • Negotiating contracts with insurance carriers using collective bargaining
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • S&P 500
  • Number of employees
  • Number of people with private health insurance
  • Total health expenditure
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Yield on 10-year Treasury note

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue stagnates
  • Industry structure
  • Growing consolidation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Increasing expenditures
  • Ongoing trends
  • Table: Health & Welfare Funds Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Health & Welfare Funds Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation and Warehousing
  • Educational Services
  • Coal & Natural Gas Power

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Custody, Asset & Securities Services
  • Portfolio Management

  • Products & Services
  • Medical benefits
  • Dental benefits
  • Prescription drugs
  • Death benefits
  • Vision
  • Long-term disability benefits
  • Chart: Health & Welfare Funds Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Employer contributions
  • Investment income
  • Employee contributions
  • Sale of assets and capital gains
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Health & Welfare Funds Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Health & Welfare Funds

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Health & Welfare Funds Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Health & Welfare Funds Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Health & Welfare Funds Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Total health expenditure (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Asset Management
  • The management of a fund's assets to determine the best investment strategies to meet its goals.
  • Contingent Worker
  • An employee working on a casual, part-time or contractual basis.
  • Defined Benefit Program (Db)
  • An employer-sponsored plan where employee benefits are sorted out based on a formula using factors such as salary history and duration of employment.
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