Cleveland Clinic employees who fail to meet certain health goals are facing a 21 percent increase in their insurance premiums.
Hospital officials have told employees to join the “Healthy Choice” program or be prepared to pay the cost, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The program requires employees to see a doctor, who helps determine that employee’s health risks, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, etc. An employee who faces no such risks has to join a fitness center and attend at least 10 times per month to avoid the increase.
But an employee deemed unhealthy must meet certain individualized goals, or else pay the increased premium.
Of the Clinic’s 29,000 employees who are members of the employee health plan, 16,000 have signed up. This latest increase is to motivate the remaining 13,000 to get on board.
The Healthy Choice program is part of a larger effort by Cleveland Clinic to drive down its health care costs by linking out-of-pocket insurance costs with wellness objectives.« Back to news