Healthy Bodies Cure Budgets
Public sector employers that are seeking to reduce health care costs prefer disease management and wellness programs, which encourage employees to better maintain their health, over consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs), according to research by the Brookfield, Wis.-based International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). CDHPs are popular in the private sector and give employees greater responsibility for choosing their health care and incentives to choose cost-effective treatments. Fear that the larger out-of-pocket costs for employees in CDHPs may lead to delayed care may be one reason for the public sector’s aversion to the plans, IFEBP Senior Director of Research Sally Natchek said in a statement.
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