Fewer U.S. workers say they are trying to save money by taking better care of themselves, but the percentage who say they have delayed going to a doctor also has dropped.
Towers Watson & Company, New York (NYSE:TW), has published figures on wellness efforts in a summary of results from a recent survey of 3,099 enrollees in U.S. employer-provided health care programs.
The percentage of participants who said they are trying to reduce health care costs by taking better care of themselves fell to 57% this year, from 66% in 2008.
But the percentage who said they are choosing a lower-cost drug option when available has fallen to 41%, from 46%, and the percentage who said they go to doctors only for more serious conditions or symptoms has fallen to 33%, from 40%.
The percentage of participants who said they had delayed going to the doctor fell to 26%, from 32%.
- Allison Bell