Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Political Science & Public Administration


Taking Care of the Employees While Cutting Health Care Costs: Can the Private and Public Secotrs Learn from one Another?

In the face of skyrocketing health care costs for employees in both the public and private sector, each must find ways to contain these costs while providing their employees adequate care. The trend has been toward the practice of preventative medicine. Each sector has experimented with and developed different programs for employee health that must operate within the particular constraints of the sector. Public sector examples to be used in the study are public health programs and the old and established Air Force system of medical care and fitness. Private secotr comparison groups will be the programs of Coors, Johnson and Johnson, General Electric, Cullinet Software, and Proctor and Gamble. Each sector has their own organization-employee relationships in which they derive their particular program. The public and private sectors have different operating budgets and methods of accountability. In the face of constraints such as the political environment, size of available budgets, and degree of support for comprehensive health and fitness programs, I will try to pinpoint methods that each sector could derive from the other.

I. Backround of the Trend Toward Fitness and Preventative Medicine.

II. Public Sector Programs.

III. Private Sector Programs.

IV. Budgeting and Evaluation Techniques.

V. What Can Both Sectors Learn From One Another?