“More than 30 million people, or 9.4 percent of the U.S. population, have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017,” writes Julie Stich over at HuffPost. “Managing this epidemic is a growing concern for workplaces — Not only are employers thinking about the well-being of affected employees, but, according to the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Workplace Wellness Trends 2017 Survey Results, diabetes is the number one condition impacting benefit plan health costs. What other conditions are costly for employers to cover? We asked respondents to select the top three conditions impacting plan costs in Workplace Wellness Trends 2017 Survey Results. Here are the top 10:
- Diabetes: 41%
- Cancer (any kind): 33%
- Arthritis/back/musculoskeletal: 32%
- Obesity: 29%
- Heart disease: 27%
- Hypertension/high blood pressure: 26%
- Depression/mental illness: 20%
- High cholesterol: 11%
- Smoking: 9%
- High-risk pregnancy: 4%”
Julie Stich, “Top 10 Health Conditions Costing Organizations the Most,” HuffPost.
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.