Companies nationwide are looking to trim their health insurance costs by combating chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and depression in their employees , government officials say.
The need for such steps was amplified in a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation showing that health insurance premiums for families of four increased 9% this year.
The upward trend in health care costs can’t all be blamed on growing doctors’ bills but employers have started to provide onsite medical visits, access to gyms, chronic-care plans and even discounts for those who buy a banana rather than a cookie.
For an employer, costs can be as much as 40% higher in one year for someone who is overweight because of all the issues associated with obesity including diabetes.
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