Workplace wellness programs defended by physicians

Recently, wellness programs implemented by companies in an effort to promote health among employees and reduce insurance costs have come under fire from detractors. Some believe that these programs promote over-screening, a practice which can lead to false positives, patients taking unnecessary medications, and, ultimately, higher costs.

Despite this backlash, wellness programs continue to grow in popularity and in a $6 billion a year industry. The negative effects come when wellness programs rely on blanket standards that do not take pertinent factors such as age and individual risks into consideration when goals are being set. Some doctors have explained that the right programs, those that test for the right factors and are tailored specifically to individual employees, provide a useful tool in treating and advising patients.

If your company is interested in implementing a workplace wellness program that will truly benefit your employees in a meaningful way, our qualified team at WorkSTEPS has developed services that can meet your needs. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to discuss our training, wellness, and testing programs today.

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