New research from Truven Health Analytics, formerly the health unit of Thomson Reuters, finds health care spending for hospital employees is 9 percent higher than the general workforce, and hospital employees and dependents are 5 percent more likely to be hospitalized.

“The very nature of hospital workers is to care for others, sometimes at the expense of themselves,” according to a white paper on study results. “In addition, hospital workers may feel that they possess the knowledge needed to improve their own health and don’t require outside assistance.”

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