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“My cardiologist was so impressed with my results. By following Dr. Dunaief ’s advice, I’ve been able to stop all three of my blood pressure medications. My heart palpitations, which were limiting my activities, have dramatically reduced in frequency, my energy levels have increased and I have lost 15 pounds in two months.”

~ Nurse, age 62

Health Care Savings

As we know, annual health care costs are increasing significantly more than inflation year over year.  This provides significant motivation for employers to offer wellness programs that prevent and treat chronic diseases.  This investment has a high benefit to risk ratio, allowing the company to save money and the employees to improve their lifestyle choices.

According to United Health, one of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S., there is a positive return on investment (ROI) with health incentives in preventing and treating chronic diseases.

To demonstrate how important it is to educate employees, 87.5% of health care claims by employees are due to an individual’s lifestyle choices1.

For example, type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease with tremendous costs in terms of both lost productivity and medical care.  Diabetics have an average of 8.3 sick days a year, versus 1.7 days annually for non-diabetics2, and a study on the economics of health care concluded that type 2 diabetics spend 240% more than patients without the disease3.  The irony is that type 2 diabetes can be prevented and/or treated with appropriate education and motivation.

But there is another component, which is an improvement in quality of life.   In a three year study, cost savings resulted from a decreased number of visits to a physician on an annual basis and improvements in quality of life, including both physical and mental aspects.  This randomized clinical trial was published in the prestigious medical journal, Archives of Internal Medicine, in 2010.

  1. Source:  Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Study, 2006.
  2. Center for Disease Control Website. www.CDC.gov/diabetes/pubs/factsheets/atwork/htm.
  3. American Diabetes Association, Inc. Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2002. Diabetes Care. 2003; 26:917-932.