Tackling health care

Even if it is only from a standpoint of enlightened self interest, the health and well being of your employees directly affects your company’s productivity.

But in light of the now mandated Affordable Health Care Act, we, as business owners, are going to have to confront this issue whether we like it or not.

I have to say that I was never in favor of this national health care system. I’m not against the concept, but I don’t like the approach. My personal opinion is that the insurance industry is the worst thing that ever happened to health care in America and the last thing we need is a law that permanently ties the two together.

The fact is, our current health care system has little to do with making people healthy. Our overall health is declining even as our potential life span is increased. We may be living longer but we are not getting healthier. And healthy employees are better than unhealthy ones who live a long time.

There are many things we as employers can do to encourage our employees be become healthier. No, we cannot control the private lives of those who work for us, but we can offer the option.

Over the next few weeks, I would like to make some suggestions as to how this could be done. Your thoughts are appreciated to get the ball rolling.

D.D.

COMMENTS

  1. frank schoorl wrote:

    I agree with your thinking – We have taken out the “you buy” pop & candy machines,
    replaced with free fruits and vegetable, free coffee & bottled water.
    once a month all crew “safety” meeting – is now “safety & health” where we talk safety & super foods & their benefits. Many people are buying in & it is creeping into their
    personal lives. As a 50 person company we are talking the talk & washing the walk

  2. JOE FROHBOSE wrote:

    HEALTH CARE IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL BASED ON EDUCATED CHOICES. INSURANCE & HOSPITALS MAKE A GOOD LIVING OFF UNHEALTHY CHOICES & ACCIDENTS. NOTHING TRUMPS A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. THE HEALTH CARE FOR PROFIT MODEL DOESN’T WORK ESPECIALLY WITH SUCH AN ARBITRARY FEE FOR SERVICES. HOSPITALS CAN’T EVEN TELL YOU WHAT THEY’LL CHARGE FOR AN EKG …. HOW LONG WOULD YOU STAY IN BUISNESS GOUGING CUSTOMERS WITH OUTRAGEOUS BILLS. MEDICAL STAFF PRACTITIONERS ARE TALENTED BUT THE INSURANCE / HOSPITAL SYSTEM IS BADLY BROKEN !!!

  3. Rich wrote:

    In several areas of the country there is a not for profit HMO that seems to work very well. (Kaiser) The HMO has no trouble attracting qualified doctors. (My cardiologist interviewed 30 doctors for an opening.) I’ve been a member for over 30 years and I have to say that the HMO works very well. The only person with a better health plan is the president.

    Perhaps as a national system, six or eight of these HMOs that competed for business on the basis of service. Almost any system would be belter than throwing away 30% of our health care dollars on a system that goes out of the way to deny service.

  4. Paul Miller wrote:

    At this time, most cabinet shops will be exempt from providing health coverage for their employees. But, I think most employers would like to provide health coverage. The Afordable Health Care Act is not affordable, and that is the problem.

    The problem stems for the government mandates which most people if they had the choice would not purchase. Also, the fact that someone can avoid having insurance and if they do get a medical condition which requires medical treatments, they can get insurance.

    A better model would have been the Massucheutes Affordabler Health Care Act or Romney CAre. Much simplier, the whole act takes something like 80 pages. Also, I do not believe the state mandates or controls what care someone will get.

    Like Education, Health Cate will become much more expensive and controlled by Unions and the overall quality of care will slide. Unfortunately, those that can afford it will have to travel to other countries for care which will be denied here in the US.

    Paul Miller

  5. Chuck R wrote:

    Well, for one thing – no more free beer for the roofers!! ;)

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