Nov / Dec 2011

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Nov / Dec 2011 vol. 7-5

In This Issue

Next Up – A Fat Tax? - No, the headline is not about taxing overweight people, but unhealthy foods. On October 1, 2011 Denmark became the first nation to impose a tax on food containing more than 2.3% saturated fat. The tax will be at the rate of 16 krone (about CDN$3) per kilogram, and affect food such as butter, milk, cheese, pizza, oils and meat. Overnight, the cost of a pound of cheese increased by $0.28, and a pound of butter cost $0.84 more.  Read More »
The Pros and Cons of Covering Biologics - One of the greatest threats to employer drug plan sustainability is coverage for specialty drugs. Read More »
The State of Workplace Wellness in Canada - The 2011 Buffett National Wellness Survey report showed almost all (97%) of the 677 Canadian employer participants agreed that employee health influences overall corporate performance. However, just 72% have one or more health initiatives. Twenty questions were asked to assess the strategy, tactics, drivers and the health and financial outcomes of workplace health programs. Read More »
Benefits and Small Businesses - It would be hard to find a time when more research has been conducted by insurers and others on health benefit plans in Canada. Manulife recently published the findings from its study of a diverse group of 1,005 small business owners and senior managers. Almost all owner/managers (97%) agreed satisfied employees are more productive, and most (76%) believe taking care of employees will make them work harder. Read More »
More Help Needed for Those with Depression - Mental health issues remain a significant, costly and persistent issue in workplaces. They dominate long-term disability claims. Employers face an increasing duty to provide psychologically safe workplaces (see businesshealth, Winter 2011). However, a new Canadian study suggests these very common disorders are not well managed. Read More »
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