Telemedicine isn’t the only way small businesses are tackling health care. Wellness programs are a rapidly growing field of preventative medicine in the business world. More than 81% of American businesses with 50 or more employees have some form of health promotion program, the most popular being exercise, smoking cessation classes, back care programs and stress management.
Most employers offer wellness programs simply because they think the benefit is worth the cost. Yet business leaders continue to ask themselves how to control huge annual increases in health insurance premiums and healthcare costs.
For many companies, medical costs can consume half of corporate profits or more. Some employers look to cost sharing, cost shifting, managed care plans, risk-rating, and cash-based incentives. But these methods merely shift costs. Only worksite health promotion stands out as the long-term answer for keeping employees well in the first place. ===> Continue Reading