The United States spends more money on healthcare than any other county, but this hasn’t necessarily translated into better health outcomes. Clearly, some major changes need to happen in the way healthcare is managed. We need to look at ways that we can effect widespread change in entire populations of patients to prevent some of the most common ailments. One of the ways we can do that is by making changes in the workplace. Employers who have a vested interest in lowering healthcare costs, maintaining a productive workforce, and reducing workers compensation cases can implement wellness programs that can reduce the incidence of Diabetes Mellitus, Ischemic Heart Disease, low back and neck pain, High blood pressure, and fall related injuries. Nearly 40% of deaths in the US can be avoided with preventative care. More than half of American adults have some kind of chronic condition. Employers are taking on a larger financial burden as a result of increasing insurance premiums. If we want to create real change in American health care, we have to start considering the health of the whole population, not just individuals.
If you are interested in developing a wellness program in your workplace, there are many sources available to help initiate a change:
Sarah Geremia, DPT
Atlantic Physical Therapy
West Ocean City