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Towers Watson Finds Mixed Wellness Signals

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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