Employees' health problems cost the U.S. economy $576 billion ayear, and 39% of that total reflects lost productivity in theworkplace, according to the Integrated Benefits Institute. TheInstitute came up with its estimate using a tool that includes suchinputs as wage replacement, medical and pharmacy costs, and lostproductivity. In addition to the $227 billion in lostproductivity, the total cost includes $117 billion in wagereplacement for absences, workers compensation and disability, and$232 billion in medical and pharmacy costs.

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