In both the United States and Canada, the share of organizations that provide mental health coverage to their employees has increased substantially since 2014. This year’s survey found that 79% of Canadian organizations offer mental health coverage, up from 40% in 2014, and 87% of U.S. organizations offer coverage, up from 69% in 2014.
In the United States and Canada, health care conditions having the most impact on organizations’ overall health care costs include musculoskeletal conditions (including arthritis, back, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.) (53%), followed by cancer (47%), diabetes (44%) and cardiovascular disease/heart disease (32%).
Nearly three in ten (28%) of United States and Canadian organizations reported mental/behavioral health costs as one of their costliest health care conditions—up significantly from 15% reported in 2012.
Smoking, Vaping and the Workplace
In recent years, smoking rates have declined in both the United States and Canada. It is standard practice to prohibit smoking in the workplace, but what are employers saying about vaping? Almost half (45%) of organizations have a formal policy regarding vaping at work—and generally it aligns with smoking policies. One-third (33%) of organizations surveyed do not have a formal vaping policy.
Note: All data represented in the infographics above reflects combined U.S. and Canadian survey results.