2023 Healthy Outcomes Conference : Companies and Healthcare Support for Employees
The 2023 Healthy Outcomes Conference stressed the pressing need for employers to provide targeted support for chronic illnesses among their workforce. Karen Callaghan, a senior director at Novo Nordisk, highlighted the rising trends of absenteeism and reduced productivity despite comprehensive benefits packages offered by companies. She pointed out that many employers, with good intentions, attempt to support all chronic conditions rather than focusing on specific areas that significantly affect their workforce.
Callaghan emphasized the impact of conditions like obesity, which are linked to various health issues such as major depression, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes. These comorbidities not only affect productivity and performance but also lead to increased costs for employers through higher rates of short-term disability claims.
She stressed the importance of understanding and supporting individuals dealing with obesity and other chronic conditions without judgment, highlighting that effective management can positively influence various related health drivers and associated costs. Callaghan mentioned that while existing benefits plans offer coverage for various treatments, employees often struggle to navigate the available resources.
Moreover, she suggested that employers could leverage external obesity management programs and resources through benefits providers, facilitating access to cost-shared resources like dietitian services. This support aims to empower employees to self-manage their conditions, contributing to their overall productivity, health, and well-being.
In this regard, ADV-Care Pharmacy Group Benefits offer a strategic solution for employers aiming to pass on savings to their employees. By incorporating our Pharmacy Group Benefits into their employee benefits package, employers can access cost-effective prescription medication options, which not only alleviate financial burdens on the company but also translate into direct savings for employees. This ensures that necessary medications for managing chronic conditions are more accessible and affordable for employees.
Despite employers’ increased efforts to support employees’ mental and physical health, Statistics Canada reports a significant rise in chronic diseases among Canadians. The statistics show high percentages of obesity, arthritis, hypertension, and other common chronic illnesses, highlighting the urgent need for targeted support strategies within workplaces.
By integrating ADV-Cares’ Pharmacy Group Benefits into their comprehensive health plans, employers can reinforce their commitment to employee well-being while effectively managing healthcare costs. This holistic approach not only addresses the immediate needs of employees managing chronic illnesses but also promotes a healthier and more productive workforce overall.
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