Employers plan to spend an average of $521 per employee on wellness incentives this year, according to a survey conducted by the National Business Group on Health. That’s 13% more than in 2011, and double the $260 average reported in 2009.
Much of the wellness spending supports condition-services (for example, encouraging insulin therapy for diabetics) and lifestyle changes, like smoking-cessation and weight-loss programs. Other wellness spending pays for preventive care like on-site flu shots and environmental enhancements that promote health, such as installing bike racks.
Nine out of 10 employers surveyed indicated they currently offer wellness-based incentives, an increase from 73% in 2011 and 57% in 2009.