econ - I would like to analyze the impact of life-style...

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I would like to analyze the impact of life-style behavior risks on the health care costs for an employer. It is evident that employers run a risk of losing return on their investment in regards to human capital when their workforce engages in unhealthy life-style choices. Therefore, I would like to make an argument supporting why employers should charge an a la carte fee to employees for unhealthy habits. According to the Harvard Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, annual basis health care costs hover around $120 billion for tobacco related illness, and $90 billion from sedentary behavior and overweight/obesity. This information serves as an incentive to charge employees on an a la carte basis due to loss of ROI (Return on Investment) for unhealthy employees. If an employee is absent due to one of the above-mentioned illnesses, the employer incurs costs of not having that human capital present. This a la carte charge along with similar applications that have been
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This note was uploaded on 07/09/2008 for the course ECON 479 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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