Only 6% of U.S. workers are very confident that future Medicare benefits will be equal in value to what seniors receive today.
Workplace wellness programs may not save companies money.
A growing number of doctors have begun holding group appointments — seeing up to a dozen patients with similar medical concerns all at once.
What Medicare pays for an ambulance trip is highly variable, ranging from $99 to $1,218 per transport.
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On the third link, unless it’s AA, NA, or SA — that’s awful. My medical concerns are my own, I don’t want to shout my potentially embarrassing issues from a mountain top..
I like that NCPA blogs link to their sources. The first link, frustratingly, doesn’t have direct links to the research. Now I have to go track it all down to see if it’s reputable. Boo.
@ The Wellness Article
It is hard to measure wellness outcomes since it constitutes intangible factors.
@ 6% not confident
I am not surprised, we cannot afford it, so we know what we are going to get will sub-par service.
“Workplace wellness programs may not save companies money.”
Yes, this has been discussed and studied a lot lately, but, as Patel suggests, it is incredibly hard to assert any projections on this topic when it comes to how a wellness program is benefiting an individual’s health. There are several variables that would need to be controlled in order to even have a minimal economic suggestion, which cannot be done until these programs are in effect.
“What Medicare pays for an ambulance trip is highly variable, ranging from $99 to $1,218 per transport.”
Another example of how a lack of a fixed price based on demand and competition in the health field is causing ridiculous price variances that ends up affecting the patient’s pocket.
I would not share a doctor’s appointment in a million years.
If financial health is your goal, the people who most benefit from workplace wellness programs are the purveyors of workplace wellness programs.
I always thought the way workplace wellness programs save money was by creating a corporate culture hostile to the unhealthy workers — thus making them uncomfortable and running them off!
“A growing number of doctors have begun holding group appointments — seeing up to a dozen patients with similar medical concerns all at once.”
This is an interesting concept. Although I tend to share Gabriel’s “ick” factor, for some conditions this is actually a good idea. Conditions like diabetes management, where people suffer from common problems, may benefit from the longer time a group meeting allows and the support a group can provide.
@ the Workplace wellness programs may not save companies money & A growing number of doctors have begun holding group appointments — seeing up to a dozen patients with similar medical concerns all at once.
I think we should flip it, perhaps wellness programs should be more group oriented. Just may be, the social pressure that comes from a group can give way to consistent health behaviors.
Devon, aside from the “ick” factor, I only see this feasible in managed care/patient education scenarios. In a hospital or clinic, registered nurses already handle this type of medical care, so I don’t see the need for doctors to be present – save as a telecommuting advisor of sorts. Any other situation would have a myriad of legal encumbrances, without even counting HIPAA regulations. Each patient would have to sign a waiver that they choose to receive shared care, and a separate form to keep any divulged information within the appropriate confidence. People would need to be able to feel comfortable knowing that their information will not leave the room.
If I ever agree to a group doctor’s appointment, when the nurse comes to the waiting room to escort me to the exam room, she better not ask me to undress and put on a paper gown… otherwise I’m leaving!
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