Why adopt a health and wellness program?
Healthcare costs in the U.S. are continuing to skyrocket. It is predicted that by 2012, these costs will account for 20% of the GDP--with employers assuming the largest portion of the bill.
Recent research shows the greatest cost to employers is due to lower productivity and higher absenteeism from preventable disease. Lifestyle related chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes are responsible for three-fourths of health care spending. Identifying individuals with metabolic risks, such as obesity and elevated blood pressure, is the first step toward developing a comprehensive preventive program.
Based on your company's risk analysis, modest investments in health and wellness programs will result in significant savings. Strategies focused on lifestyle behavior changes have been shown to yield a solid return on investment for each dollar invested.
Recognize and Innovate
- Innovative health systems and forward-looking employers are in a position to shift the current health care delivery model.
- Technology will facilitate this progression toward a "health based" system.
- Delivering the health care system to the employee will facilitate this movement toward a culture of health.