Time to Set Limits on Wellness Screenings?
By Joanne Sammer
From Society for Human Resource Management on Wednesday, January 6, 2016
An argument in favor of worksite screenings is that they may be the only medical attention some employees receive. “Screenings are not the ideal substitute for employees without a source for regular primary care, but they can be a pretty good substitute,” said LuAnn Heinen, vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based National Business Group on Health.
Heinen pointed to an instance where some employees of a hotel chain had gone off their medications for high blood pressure because the co-payment for those drugs had increased. A routine blood pressure screening identified those employees, who were then offered help finding affordable medications. In such cases, employees get the care they need and employers avoid the high costs associated with complications that arise when chronic conditions go untreated.
“The concern should be whether a screening is consistent with clinical guidelines and whether it is really necessary for healthy people,” said Heinen.
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