Health insurance is an essential but often costly benefit to provide to employees. Taking steps to help your workforce be healthier with primary care engagement can help reduce their healthcare needs and costs.
The Importance of Primary Care
Encouraging primary care can have a big impact on your employees’ overall health. Wellness checkups can help people stay conscientious about basic healthcare concerns such as weight and blood pressure. Moreover, it can help alert people to serious conditions early in their development when they will be easier to treat.
Time Off for Wellness Exams
Some employees may avoid making medical appointments when they’re well simply because they don’t want to take the time away from work. Reinforce the importance of wellness exams by giving everyone time off that’s specifically allocated to a wellness exam.
Include reminders about making wellness exam appointments in company-wide mass emails or send periodic reminders in company newsletters. You could also consider addressing the topic in regular staff meetings. If you have an annual meeting to discuss benefits elections and updates, that would be a great forum to encourage primary care visits.
Ultimately, minimizing the frequency with which employees need to utilize benefits can lower the cost of premiums. In addition, facilitating better preventative healthcare will create a stronger and more productive workforce.