Good thing they already spend most of their time in the hospital: Health care spending is 9 percent higher for hospital employees than the general employee population, according to study results released today by Truven Health Analytics.

That's because hospital employees are more likely to be diagnosed with asthma, obesity and depression, and those with chronic conditions are more likely to be in the "at risk" or "struggling" categories, researchers found. Hospital workers and their dependents also are 5 percent more likely to be hospitalized than the overall U.S. workforce.

The study also found that health benefits costs consume 4 percent of hospital operating revenue. For the average medium-size community hospital, health care benefits for employees and their families consumed 68 percent of operating profit, or all operating profit generated from Jan. 1 until the end of August each year.

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