As healthcare reform begins to be implemented nationwide, most employers are expected to continue to remain plan sponsors instead of getting out of the business of providing health benefits to employees in lieu of a fine.
That’s according to a new report by Aon Hewitt that surveyed 1,800 U.S. employers covering about 15 million employees with a combined annual health expenditure of $120 billion. But the expense trajectory – in the last six years, expenditures on employee health has skyrocketed increasing by 40 percent to an average of $8,000 per employeeis unsustainable. The report recommends that there are eight human behaviors that must be contained to bend the cost curve.
- Poor Diet
- Physical Inactivity
- Lack of Health Screening
- Poor Stress Management
- Poor Standard of Care
- Insufficient Sleep
- Excessive Alcohol Consumption
- 76 percent of employers are offering disease or condition management programs
- 48 percent of employers are implementing a company-wide health and wellness policy
- 61 percent of employers are rewarding or punishing employees to encourage them to show sustained behavior change
- 82 percent are offering resources and tools to employees to raise their awareness of health status and risk
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