Another article by Michelle Andrews in Kaiser Health News cites another researcher: “Despite employers’ enthusiasm for wellness programs, ‘there’s no good research that shows these programs actually improve health outcomes or lower employer costs,’ says JoAnn Volk, a senior research fellow at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms.”
Even so, corporate CEOs remain blindly enthusiastic about wellness programs. I don’t know what it is about health care that seems to turn smart people dumb. The notion that these programs were a waste of money has been obvious for a very long time.
The Universal Desire to Control Other People It might also be just the universal desire to control other people. I once had a meeting with the medical director of a Fortune 100 company. He was bemoaning that he couldn’t follow employees home to make sure they used their weed whackers properly on the weekend. I pointed out to him that he isn’t running a plantation. He doesn’t own his employees, and that the cost of replacing exasperated workers would be higher than anything saved by his meddling in their lives.
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