Wellness Study Puts Price Tag on Unhealthy Behavior

Employers can slow healthcare cost increases by incentivizing employees with richer healthcare benefits if they improve their health metrics, Thomson Reuters data shows.

1 comments on "Wellness Study Puts Price Tag on Unhealthy Behavior"
LessisMore (4/18/2011 at 3:31 PM)

Instead of putting in place all of these wellness programs and data collection schemes for the sake of wellness, why not just allow the cost of these conditions be factored into the individuals insurance rates. It would seem to be the most direct and honest way to reflect the risk of risky behaviors and provides a financial incentive to change them. Regulations the dictate the extent to which employers can differentiate premiums based on lifestyle seems dishonest and diverts more health care dollars into coercion and coercion systems. Let people decide their lifestyle and then make them responsible for the cost and outcomes of those choices. We need another health care growth industry like we need another quantitative easing.


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