Survey finds recession taking toll on employees' physical, mental health
The study, commissioned by the National Business Group on Health, surveyed 1,500 employees at companies with more than 2,000 workers. Researcher found that 44 percent of employees aged 45-64 said that their mental health has been negatively affected by the economy. In addition, 27 percent of respondents reported that they had forgone health care treatment to save money on co-payments or coinsurance costs. One in five employees said they had skipped taking their prescription drug medication dosage as prescribed by their doctor.
"These data confirm that the widespread economic anxiety is cascading onto individual workers' health and well-being," said Helen Darling, president of the NBGH.
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August 3, 2009
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