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Medical care savings from workplace wellness programs: what is a realistic savings potential?

Abstract

BACKGROUND

: Workplace wellness programs have become increasingly popular despite large inconsistencies in the analyses of their ability to produce long-term medical care savings.

OBJECTIVE

: To clarify the aforesaid situation by estimating potential long-term medical care savings linked to chronic disease.

METHODS

: We combined data from the Global Burden of Disease Study and Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys to estimate the annual savings that would result from lowering risk factors typically managed by workplace wellness programs to their theoretical minimums.

RESULTS

: Lowering risk factors to their theoretical minimums, if this were possible, would reduce average annual costs per working-age adult by 18.4%.

CONCLUSION

: These findings have important implications for workplace wellness programs because they provide a robust estimate of potential savings.

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    The Vitality Group, Chicago, IL 60606, USA.

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    MeSH

    Adolescent
    Adult
    Cost Savings
    Cost-Benefit Analysis
    Cross-Sectional Studies
    Delivery of Health Care
    Female
    Health Care Costs
    Health Expenditures
    Health Promotion
    Humans
    Male
    Middle Aged
    Occupational Health
    Occupational Health Services
    Program Development
    Program Evaluation
    United States
    Workplace
    Young Adult

    Pub Type(s)

    Comparative Study
    Evaluation Studies
    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    23263453