Most businesses continue to cover high-cost medications, but are taking steps to tame spending.
However, the survey found that most workers were satisfied with their own health benefits.
Bad-debt expenses also increased at hospitals in the state, a report from the Minnesota Hospital Association found.
The National Business Group on Health says employers are looking beyond benefits designed for more health care bang for their buck.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said health care employers need to do more to protect employees, patients and visitors.
Each physician in the state was responsible for an average of $2.3 million in economic activity.
But most hospitals in the state finished in the black with some enjoying big double-digit margins.
The list of what makes workers sick
and keeps them off the job keeps getting longer.
The state placed sixth in an annual report from the United Health Foundation.
Study suggests patients influenced more by providers than potential out-of-pocket costs.