Wellness Programs: The Face of Corporate Paternalism?
posted by Frank Pasquale
Penn State University’s wellness program has become every human resources director’s worst nightmare: national news. . . . [E]ven the major academic proponents of conventional wellness programs don’t think they save money, that vendors make up savings numbers, that the screens they insisted upon can’t even theoretically save money and a whole body of research opposes them, and that all the extra preventive doctor visits they required were useless.
The fusion of the nanny state and the nanny corporation is not a pretty sight. Professor Wendy Mariner recognized problems with wellness programs years ago; too bad more employers aren’t heeding her work.