ROI of Wellness: How Good Is the Data?
By David Anderson, Ph.D.
Chief Health Officer
As employers consider investing in employee wellness programs, many want to know there will be a positive return on investment (ROI), typically calculated as a ratio of health plan dollars saved per dollar invested.
A 2010 report by a team of Harvard University health economists, published in the journal Health Affairs, found that the average medical cost savings per dollar invested in wellness programs was $3.27. The report’s finding was based on an analysis of more than 20 peer-reviewed ROI studies.
Few other health-related investments come close to having this much ROI support.
So, why is the ROI of wellness still controversial and why are many employers still hesitating to invest?
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