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December 2, 1992

Healthy Workplace: Employers, Employees Benefit

JAMA. 1992;268(21):3041-3042. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490210015007

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PREVENTION pays off.

Improving workplace conditions, educating employees about their health, and encouraging healthy life-styles "reduce costs, so that both employers and employees benefit," says Carson Beadle, president of Health Project, of which C. Everett Koop, MD, former surgeon general of the US Public Health Service, is honorary chair.

Beadle spoke at a Washington, DC, meeting during which eight companies were honored with the first Koop National Health Awards for developing programs to improve health standards and reduce costs.

Cost Versus Benefit  "Every one of these programs decreases worksite health care costs well in excess of the program's expense," Beadle says. He cites as an example a 15% reduction in physician visits by employees of Blue Shield of California, one of the companies honored.Other speakers included Mary Jane England, MD, president, Washington Business Group on Health. She says that those involved in the worksite program of the pharmaceutical company