Workers aren’t getting screened for depression—and it’s costing employers

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Although depression risk is soaring for employees, the vast majority aren’t getting the screening and care they need—and it’s costing employers big time.

New research from the Integrated Benefits Institute finds that proper screening for depression, as well as some cancers and chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity, is lagging among employees. Not only is that dangerous, but lack of preventive care also is driving up healthcare and productivity costs for employers.

Depression, in particular, represents a disproportionately high productivity cost to employers, averaging $17 per employee per year in disability wage replacement costs compared with $2

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