Wellness as a worldwide phenomenon?

Heather Elliott, Jennifer Bernstein, Diana M. Bowman

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This article examines the concept of wellness through a comparative political economy and legal framework. It asks whether wellness, an increasingly defined term within US federal and state legislative instruments including, for example, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is primarily a US-centric phenomenon. Or is wellness, in its various different guises, a worldwide phenomenon? By focusing on three distinctly different jurisdictions-the United States, Germany, and Australia-this article examines wellness through the lens of employers, the health care system, employment and tort law, and the greater political economy. It notes that while improving employee health, well-being, and productivity is common across the three countries and their respective cultures, the focus on wellness as a distinct legal concept is unique to the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1067-1088
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of health politics, policy and law
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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