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Do Employee Wellness Programs Reduce Healthcare Costs?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 15th, 2014

Do employee wellness programs reduce health care costs for their institutions? Most studies say they do.

Nebraska Medical Center’s data shows that each medical plan participant who also participated in the wellness program created a savings of $600 to $900 per year. The American Hospital Association notes that 82% of hospitals say savings equaled or exceeded their expectations.

reduce healthcare costsBetter than saving money are the employees comments such as, “I had no idea I was borderline diabetic” or “I didn’t know my blood pressure was high.” Caring for the caregiver makes them better caregivers to patients.

Health Affairs study found that well-designed workplace wellness programs averaged a 3:1 return on investment. The study noted that medical costs tend to fall by $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs, and absenteeism costs tended to fall by $2.72 for every dollar spent.

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One response to “Do Employee Wellness Programs Reduce Healthcare Costs?”

  1. Jim Wade says:

    Without a doubt, most wellness programs save money. Even the most obvious programs offer powerful awareness. Smoking cessation, weight-loss or incorporating exercise have clearly moved the needle to improve people’s lives.

    As you go further down any particular path, it only makes sense that the returns begin to decline. But there still seems to be plenty of low hanging fruit.

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