Canada trails U.S. in wellness

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/12/2001

If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, how come a milligram of prevention isn’t worth a kilogram of cure?

Corporate Canada continues to endure unnecessary health-care costs and setbacks to productivity due to a reluctance to embrace preventive health care in the form of wellness programs the way businesses south of the border have.

While it has been widely reported and increasingly accepted that a healthy workforce is a more productive workforce, according to research on the state of wellness in corporate Canada, just 17 per cent of Canadian companies have implemented comprehensive wellness programs, compared to 37 per cent in the United States. Perhaps more telling, 57 of the Fortune 100 companies have committed themselves to wellness with comprehensive programs.