The Business Case for Wellness Programs in Public Employee Health Plans


Summary:

This brief examines the growth of wellness plans and documents the health and financial benefits they have produced. (9/12)

Author(s):
Robert L. Clark and Melinda Sandler Morrill, North Carolina State University
Publication date:
9/27/12
Filed under:
Research Studies
Key findings:
  • The evidence indicates that wellness programs are successful in improving the health status of employees and in slowing health care costs.
  • Financial incentives encourage employees and retirees to change behaviors.
  • Few governments or agencies have conducted systematic assessments of plans.
  • Retirees can benefit from wellness programs, but may require additional considerations.
  • Wellness programs likely will yield higher dividends to public employers than┬áto private employers due to the longer career pattern of public employees.
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