Different approaches have been taken to increase the demand for healthy lifestyles in order to decrease insurance costs. The government uses tax dollars to implement programs like Gold Medal Schools and educational websites. Companies have been shifting the burden of insurance costs to employees and then subsidizing employees when they live a healthy lifestyle. Other companies have taken the bull by the horns and provided health facilities for their workers.
Whole Health Management is a company that manages on-site primary care and fitness centers for dozens of corporations. On-Site health care clinics are a growing phenomenon for medium to larger companies as shown in this CNBC video from the Whole Health Management website. According to an article in the Washington Post the convenience of the clinics increases demand and not only gives direct savings in health care costs, but helps eliminate lost work time because a cold does not turn into bronchitis or high blood pressure does not turn into a stroke and so forth. Even a company with only 1500 workers and having a workforce that was considered young was able to save $1000 per employee in the first year.
The more I look for companies to work for the more I see a divergence between companies that treat employees as assets and others that treat employees as an expense. If an employer is going to have to pay for the new engine in the end, would it not be beneficial to pay for and make sure there were regular check-ups?