At Work

Where does the health care dollar go? 

According to the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP’s) Workplace Wellness Survey for 2017, here is a list of the top 10 costliest conditions:

1. Diabetes: 41%

2. Cancer (any kind): 33%

3. Arthritis/back/musculoskeletal: 32%

4. Obesity: 29%

5. Heart disease: 27%

6. Hypertension/high blood pressure: 26%

7. Depression/mental illness: 20%

8. High cholesterol: 11%

9. Smoking: 9%

10. High-risk pregnancy: 4%

Now, the question is what can be done to mitigate these conditions? That is the way to manage health care costs. Just about everything else is shifting costs or treading water. 


4 replies »

  1. Hi Dick,

    Interesting TOP 10; but, did I miss something? The percentages (%) add up to 232% — What the implication then?

    Paul Mensing, retired PSEG Power


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