Rapidly rising health care costs, coupled with the continuing tight
fiscal environment, are compelling
Corporate America to take a cold,
hard look at incentivized wellness
programs to motivate the U.S.
workforce to become healthier and
thus less costly to care for.
Consider these painful numbers
for U.S. companies and workers:
according to the Centers for Medicare & Medi-caid Services, health
care costs are expected to increase
by 66 percent between 2008 and
2017. Last year, 77 percent of 2,117
U.S. employers surveyed for insurer
Aflac’s “2011 Workforces Report”
raised their employees’ share of
health care costs, while 31 percent
expected to raise employee insurance premiums again this year to
help shoulder the escalating burden.
Those working closely alongside the health care industry say
INCENTIVES BRING ENGAGEMENT AND MOTIVATIONAL
VIGOR TO WELLNESS PROGRAMS