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What we know about wellness and cost savings

As we mentioned on Monday, the cost-savings potential of prevention and wellness is still uncertain. Milliman Principal Kate Fitch provides some perspective on this.

Wellness is often mentioned as a key component of healthcare reform yet the success of these programs is mixed.

We asked Kate Fitch for perspective based on lessons learned from the private sector.

Q: What wellness programs are most effective? Do some programs work better than others?

Kate Fitch: Program effectiveness goes beyond whether or not it “works.” Wellness programs should be evaluated in terms of both efficacy and value. Providing everyone with a personal trainer, personal nutritionist, and exercise equipment in the home might result in a few great outcomes. But if the cost becomes astronomical, or if the population affected by the program is insignificant, the value of the program comes into question.

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