As an employer, you know that healthy employees feel more satisfied with their jobs, are more productive, and miss fewer days of work. That’s why you provide them with a quality healthcare plan, and possibly even supplemental policies for dental and vision care.
But those plans don’t exist solely to “fix” health problems. They are designed to provide routine preventive care, so that many problems can be avoided. The problem is, many people never bother to become familiar with their healthcare plans until they’re sick, and therefore aren’t aware of how to best harness the power of these preventive care benefits.
It’s easy to see that taking one day off of work for routine preventive care is far better than a week due to illness or medical treatment! But because most people view healthcare in terms of “fixing” instead of “preventing” it’s important to familiarize your workers with their healthcare benefits, and encourage them to use those perks wisely.
Routine physical. All medical plans offer an annual physical to enrollees, at no charge. Remind your employees to schedule their physicals, so that chronic medical problems can be detected and treated early (or prevented altogether).
Dental exams and cleanings. If you subscribe to a dental health plan, it probably offers free bi-annual exams and cleanings. Not only does routine dental care prevent serious dental problems, an exam can detect other health issues like:
- oral cancer
- pancreatic cancer
- heart disease
- kidney disease
- bone loss
Vision care. Obviously, an annual eye exam can detect changes in vision, which might impair workers on the job, increase the likelihood of accidents, and cause frequent headaches. But you might be surprised to know that an eye exam can often the first time that problems such as brain tumors and developing diabetes are detected!
What you should do… In meetings, newsletters, or other forms of communication with employees, regularly remind them of their preventive care benefits. You’re paying for a quality plan, to help them stay healthy, so you might as well reap the maximum benefits! If you’re unsure of your plan’s coverage of preventive care, give us a call and we’ll help you sort it out.