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HealthMine survey could explain low participation rates in employee wellness programs
By Shalina Chatlani
From HR Dive on Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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For businesses managing the costs of healthcare benefits for their employees, which rises at an average of 6% per year according to research from the National Business Group on Health, the biggest cost pushers are expensive prescription medicines and lack of patient responsibility. The latter issue was reflected in a recent survey from HealthFitness, which found that nearly 60% of non-participants in employers' wellness programs wanted to get involved, but simply have not for whatever reason.

Another option is to move toward third party wellness tools, such as telehealth consults. NBGH reports that by 2019, 97% of large employers are projected to have some form of telehealth in play, a rise that is credited to cost-effectiveness.