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Hospital Employee Health Risk

HealthLeaders magazine, May 13, 2013

Hospitals and health systems, as large employers, are feeling the burden of rising healthcare costs. In fact, hospital employee use of plan services is greater than that of the average U.S. employee. Hospital workers, on average, have higher utilization rates and carry a higher burden of chronic illness than employees in other market segments. These differences are only partially explained by age or gender. Hospital employee groups exhibit a skew toward a younger female population relative to the U.S. workforce; the average health system worker is two years younger than the average worker in the U.S. workforce. Truven Health Analytics™ researchers conclude that a health system with 16,000 eligible employees would save $1.5 million annually for each 1 percent reduction in health risk.

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