An Rx for Costs

A software innovator says companies can save money by paying more attention to their workers' health

Can companies get a grip on rising health-care costs? General Motors spent $4.5 billion on care for its 1.2 million U.S. employees and retirees last year. That's more than the car giant made in profits. DaimlerChrysler pays out about $1,300 in employee health benefits for the typical vehicle it makes. Across the U.S., 2004 is likely to be the fifth consecutive year of double-digit increases in total corporate health-care costs.

Not surprisingly, many companies are trying to dump more of the cost of health care on employees. But VitalSpring Technologies Inc. offers a different approach: paying greater attention to get-well...

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