Employee benefits managers' opinions about addiction treatment

Bentson H. McFarland, Walter K. Lierman, Norman R. Penner, Lynn E. McCamant, Brigid G. Zani

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Employee benefits managers arrange addictive disease treatment insurance coverage for the majority of people in the United States but little is known about these decision-makers. Managers were surveyed to learn their opinions about addiction treatment. Subjects were 131 people (61 percent female, 94 percent white, average age 46, average of 14 years in the human resources field). Managers were asked to rank health benefits (physical health, dental, alcohol-drug, vision, mental health, employee assistance program, and pharmaceuticals) on 15 dimensions. Managers ranked alcohol-drug abuse treatment worst on five items and second to the worst on another four of the 15 dimensions. On the item considered most important by the managers, respondents noted that employees often (2.8) ask for improved physical health benefits but rarely do so for alcohol and drug (4.1) benefits (p<.001). Education of workers and payers will be needed to change opinions about treatment of addictive disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-29
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Addictive Diseases
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2003


  • Benefit coverage
  • Health insurance
  • Human resources
  • Personnel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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