Who hasn't heard a story, whether apocryphal or not, about the chain-smoking doctor or the 350-lb. nurse? I've seen both with my own two eyes, but of course, those random samples obviously aren't representative of the group—are they?
Maybe they're a little closer to the truth than we realized. It seems that hospital workers are among the unhealthiest of us all. And—hold on to your stethoscopes--there's actual science to back up that claim. A new Thomson Reuters Healthcare study says that hospital workers not only are generally sicker than the general population, but that they spend about 10% more on healthcare services and consume more of those services.
The study analyzed the health risk and utilization of 1.1 million hospital workers and compared them with 17.8 million health plan members across all industries nationwide.
Among the interesting nuggets: