Buck asserts that wellness is a vital benefit and serves an important role in the recession.
Buck also anticipate that companies will pursue a “culture of health” philosophy in the near future.
Health Populi’s Hot Points: While profitability concerns the likes of the Autos and companies whose profitability has eroded, causing them to erode and ration health plans, there remains a cadre of employers keen to both continue to sponsor health insurance coverage as well as promote a so-called “culture of health” among employees. A key to establishing and sustaining a healthful culture at the workplace is the ability to measure investments in employee wellness so that employers who invest in these programs achieve a sound ROI.
I was very fortunate to have dinner with a guru in health planning who challenged me with the idea that only in a single payer system could the U.S. get to rewarding positive health behaviors. I countered him — with respect — that increasingly, plan sponsors can measure their ROI in health programs, and not just in sickness measures. If employers commit to wellness programs and provide aligned incentives that motivate employees to change behaviors, the metrics should follow.