Prevention: The best medicine

Changing lifestyle behaviours crucial to combat chronic diseases
By Estelle Morrison
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/10/2009

Employers bear a significant burden when it comes to employee illness, and all the signs — aging baby boomers with increased health-care needs, escalating cases of chronic illnesses and slower population growth resulting in greater reliance on fewer workers — show that hardship is going to worsen.

Increasingly, the shortfalls of Canadian public health resources are being felt directly by employers that must absorb the rising costs of benefit plan usage, absenteeism, presenteeism and disability.

Living longer, not healthier