Employers’ healthcare costs and insurance premiums in the US are set toincrease with the spread of anthrax, according to analysts. Fear of being infected by anthrax has significantly increased the number ofstaff seeking medical checks. Healthcare costs were already rising this yearprior to the terrorist attacks, with double-digit insurance premium inflation. It comes on top of a national survey by Advance PCS that shows healthproblems caused a loss of 4.5 productive hours per worker in the week after theattack – more than double the 2.1 hours lost the week before. Fatigue, sadness and stomach troubles were among the reasons cited by the4,485 employees surveyed. Advance PCS Center for Work and Health’s Walter Stewart said, “Even inthe third and fourth weeks following 11 September, health-related productivityproblems were 10 to 15 per cent higher than average. It’s almost as thoughbeing on guard or vigilant has some cost associated with it.” www.shrm.org Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Healthcare costs soar after anthraxOn 1 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.