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The changing conversation on health care

It’s a story that is played out daily in hospitals across the county; so tragic that it deserves attention, but so routine that it rarely gets any.

Patients come in with diabetes or heart disease or infections after months or even years of avoiding the doctor. Their gangrenous and black limbs are now destined for the amputation table. Their hearts are damaged from cardiac events, making them afraid to exercise too hard again. The flu-like feelings and constant thirst of uncontrolled diabetes make achieving workplace success an impossible climb.

What if their employers had done something about it?

Prevention is a topic we feel very passionately about at InjuryFree. And there is no place where people spend more time than at their workplaces, making workplaces the ideal environment to save lives.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States — 8.3% of the population — have diabetes. More than 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010. If you are age 20 or older (America’s main workforce) about 11.3% of you will have diabetes. That’s more than one out of every 10 people you know or 25.6 million people.

Similarly, one in every four deaths internationally is from heart disease. Coronary heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year, including the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women.

We think it is time to shift the paradigm in workplace health. Businesses are losing millions, even billions, reacting to injuries and health problems rather than preventing them at their source.   But, you may be saying, health care and regulation will be undergoing some major changes soon. Why not wait until we know the end effects? We believe that puts employers and employees in the same predicament that we started with – people not taking care of pain and injury until it is too late.

That’s why we are spearheading initiatives such as The Green Challenge to promote healthy employee behaviors. To see more of our approach to workplace wellness, click here.

Here are also some thought-provoking articles that came out recently on the topic.

The conversation around health care is shifting. Isn’t it time you moved with it?

 

 

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