Workers who get 10 or more paid sick days per year are more likely to receive routine medical care and preventive health screenings, according to a study conducted by researchers at Cleveland State University and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida and published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
The study involved data on 3,235 working adults between ages 49 and 57 from the 2014 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Approximately 93 percent of study participants were enrolled in a health insurance plan, and the average number of paid sick days per year was seven. Ten percent of study participants reported having 20 or more paid sick days, 43 percent 10 or more, 26 percent two or fewer, and 27 percent reported having no paid sick days.
According to the researchers, workers with 10 or more paid sick leave days were 33 percent more likely to get a yearly flu shot, 28 percent more likely to have routine blood sugar testing, 34 percent more likely to have recommended cholesterol tests, and 69 percent more likely to have regular blood pressure screening compared to workers with two or fewer paid sick days per year. Female workers with 10 or more sick days a year were 55 percent more likely to have preventive mammograms.