Catherine M. Baase, M.D., Global Director of Health Services at The Dow Chemical Company and a member of Partnership for Prevention’s Board of Directors, told a U.S. Senate committee that workplace health promotion programs should be an important part of health reform efforts.
“As the nation moves into the full fledged debate about the future of health care, it is imperative we consider all possible options to keep Americans well,” Baase told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions during a Feb. 23 hearing. “Worksite health programs, such as those implemented by Dow around the world, are key components of empowering people to take control of their health.”
Baase said Dow has offered an employee occupational health program for 90 years and has had a focused health promotion program for more than 20 years. Through just one of Dow’s key services under the program - health advocacy case management – she said Dow received $11.7 million in total economic benefit in 2007 and saved 9,232 total absenteeism days.
“By improving our primary health risk factors by just one percentage point per year, we would save $62 million in U.S. direct health care costs over 10 years,” she said.
A compete transcript of Baase’s testimony is available by clicking here.