Hospital employees and their families spend 9% more on healthcare then other U.S. adults, according to an analysis by Truven Health Analytics.
For the analysis, researchers analyzed a repository of healthcare claims and compared healthcare costs of 350,000 hospital employees and their dependents to 12 million adults who worked in other industries. Key findings:
- Hospital workers and their families spent 9% more on healthcare than those in other industries.
- For hospital employees and their dependents admission rates for asthma were 12% higher than others, obesity related admissions were 46% higher, and depression related admissions occurred 20% more than non-hospital workers.
- Hospital employees used the emergency room more than those in other industries.
- Hospital workers and their dependents were hospitalized 5 percent more than U.S. employees overall.
- Compliance with common preventive service measures (lipid testing; breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening) were consistently lower among hospital workers and their families.