Barriers to Implementation of Workplace Health Interventions: An Economic Perspective.
Journal - Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
OBJECTIVE:: To identify insurance related, structural, and workplace cultural barriers to the implementation of effective preventive and upstream clinical interventions in the working age adult population. METHODS:: Analysis of avoided costs from perspective of health economics theory and from empiric observations from large studies; presentation of data from our own cost-plus model on integrating health promotion and ergonomics. RESULTS:: We identify key avoided costs issues as a misalignment of interests between employers, insurers, service institutions, and government. Conceptual limitations of neoclassical economics are attributable to work culture and supply-driven nature of health care. DISCUSSION:: Effective valuation of avoided costs is a necessary condition for redirecting allocations and incentives. Key content for valuation models is discussed.