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Chart of screening rates for different diseases Depression accounts for $17 in disability wage replacement costs per employee annually, compared to $2 for diabetes.

It pays to get employees screened for chronic diseases and cancer, especially as many have pushed off preventative medical appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s the conclusion of a report out this month by the Integrated Benefits Institute, which tracked the cost savings that preventative screenings have for employers. Some experts predict that employees, many of whom are too afraid to go to the doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic, will not return to normal screenings for another two years.

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