In analyzing ways to contain ever-escalating health care costs, many employers are seeing tangible returns from wellness programs but continuing to place the blame on employees and their bad health habits for much of those rising costs.
The most recent Willis Health and Productivity Survey does provide evidence that the wide array of wellness programs in place at employers across the country are producing benefits to the bottom line, with approximately 49% of employers surveyed with wellness initiatives reporting an improvement in their medical costs or an improved risk profile among workers.
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