Study cites reasons for higher employee health care spending

11/7/2012 | MedPage Today (free registration)

A study in Health Affairs says employees with depression spent 48% more on health care than those who were not depressed. Health care spending also was higher for workers with high blood pressure or blood glucose or those who were physically inactive, smoked or were obese. Emory University researchers said well-designed and implemented follow-up health programs are needed to change employee behaviors and reduce health risks.

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