”More U.S. employers tie health insurance to medical tests”…Of the employers who offer wellness programs, about one-third offer financial incentives to those who undergo specific medical tests, according to an Aon Hewitt survey.
“Today, many offer discounted premiums to workers who meet standards related to blood pressure, cholesterol and weight, with the value of those discounts running between $30 and $60 a month, says Jim Pshock, founder and CEO of Bravo Wellness in Avon, Ohio. Although employers may set specific goals — such as a body mass index (BMI) below 30, the level considered obese — many also reward achievement of less daunting targets. One employer rewarded workers if their test results didn’t worsen, Pshock says.”
Hmmm….I think I’ve heard that “don’t get worse” thing before .
”In 2010, one firm added a cash bonus program, offering $50 to workers who get a physical and another $50 for every one of four medical tests they take: weight, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol, plus an extra $50 if they do all the tests. If they meet specified goals — or complete a coaching program — they receive the money as a cash bonus. Last year, 65% of employees participated.”
But what do they have to show for it??
“While it’s early, he says, indications are the program is having an impact on costs: Health spending rose 6% in 2010, but only 3% in 2011.”
How’s that for return on investment!? Or maybe it’s not just about money,…
One not-for-profit Executive Director says of his 8-year old wellness program that the company’s approach keeps health “at the forefront of what people are thinking about.”
“Our long-term goal is to make health and well-being part of our culture and everyday values. When people start doing it naturally and you don’t have to pay them for it, that’s when you know you’ve succeeded.”
Ahhh….music to my ears.
Overall a good read – or if you’d prefer, check out the 3 min, 35 sec video at the beginning.