Home HealthTopics Health Centers Reference Library Research
Join us on Facebook Join us on Facebook Share on Facebook

Worksite Health

Changes in health care costs for employers

11/01/2006

Question:

I work for a medium-sized business that is looking to lower our health care costs by lowering medical claims. There seems to be a big push for work sponsored-programs that help people get healthier, but they cost us as well. Does this kind of an investment really affect the bottom line, or is it just a nice idea? What do the numbers say?

Answer:

The field of health and productivity management research is growing every year. Examination of economic factors such as health care benefit expenses, sick leave, worker’s compensation and short-term and long-term disability costs has occurred. In over 1,000 studies focused on health productivity interventions at the worksite, a variety of findings have been reported:

The research indicates a relationship between health care utilization and cost when health risks are predominant. Therefore, implementing strategies to reduce health risks should lead to decreased health care costs. You can learn more about this topic by accessing the websites listed below.

Related Resources:

Institute for Health and Productivity Management
University of Michigan Health Management Research Center
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

For more information:

Go to the Worksite Health health topic, where you can:

Response by:

Elizabeth R Click, ND, RN, CWP Elizabeth R Click, ND, RN, CWP
Assistant Professor of Nursing and Medical Director
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University