There’s a disconnect between who Americans believe is responsible for their personal health status, and who should pay for health care.
On the first question — personal responsibility for health choices — 82 percent of Americans believe that they alone are responsible for their health.
However, only 44 percent believe that they should bear no responsibility for paying for health care.
The Vitality Group, a subsidiary of Discovery Holdings Ltd., surveyed Americans and found that most people (59%) look to their employer to bear at least some responsibility for health costs. Nearly one in two (46%) see the government as a payer.
Only 56 percent of Americans see themselves as picking up any part of health care costs.
This survey was conducted among 1,013 American adults in April 2008.
The Vitality Group is part of a wellness company that operates in the
U.S., United Kingdom, and South Africa. In the U.S., the company’s
employer clients include the likes of Alcon, AOL, and Lenovo.
Jane’s Hot Points: Up to 70 percent of health costs are attributable to
preventing disease, according to the Wellness Councils of America and
The Center for Health Care Economics. We won’t get to health cost
management without individuals connecting the dots between our
individual health behaviors and health economics.