A new study conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research concluded that paid sick days for everyone who works full time would cut medical expenses by over 1 billion dollars a year and save the public health insurance programs over $500 million.
The conclusion was reached after extensive research into how workers use their sick days.
Paid sick days are associated with better self-reported general health among workers;
Workers with paid sick days are less likely to delay medical care for themselves or for family members;
- Access to paid sick days is associated with lower usage of hospital emergency departments, a finding that holds true for those workers and families with private health insurance, those with public health insurance (e.g. Medicaid or SCHIP), and those with no health insurance;
You can read the entire document for a more complete, in-depth analysis of the study and the findings.