Medical specialists are seeing more and more baby boomers every day. Many must stay employed to keep ends up. They work for you. In 2013, Bloomberg reported that baby boomers have more chronic illness and disability than their parents. Unfortunately they are more sedentary, overweight, have hypertension, high cholesterol and heart disease (according to a 2013 peer reviewed article published in JAMA Internal Medicine). Many are diabetic. Needless to say, the costs associated to treat baby boomers are out of control. But the news gets worse. More and more young people in the work place are getting sicker. A 2012 paper in the medical journal Circulation notes that according to a 2010 study released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 3 of 4 Americans will be obese or overweight by 2020. Many of them are your employees. The paper goes on to say that this dire prediction doesn't have to come true. The solution lies in understanding how we got here and making some essential lifestyle changes to reverse this disturbing trend.
It’s not easy for young people or baby boomers to make lifestyle changes because they are creatures of habit. Medical professionals are amazed by the questions educated baby boomers and young adults ask regarding their diagnosis and treatment. They observe that these patients are simply not interested in knowing more about how to improve their health, making it significantly more difficult for the physician to treat them. Although medical specialists have taken an oath to heal their patients plus take the time to explain as much as humanly possible, specialists are seeing how difficult it is for a patient to “connect to their diagnosis”, let alone make a decision for treatment. Unfortunately, with all the health care mandates in place, our healers are forced to spend time on numerous administrative functions to keep them professionally and legally compliant.
Each and every day, the medical specialist has to field questions from these patients, sometimes not at all related to their diagnoses, or questions that demonstrate that the patient has done absolutely no research whatsoever about their diagnosis. These are your employees who may be doing more harm than good by accessing medical information through thousands of websites on the Internet who claim to have all the answers. Depending on which website they hit, they may not get the right information or they may not understand what they are reading. This results in the patient not being able to make an intelligent decision about their treatment after their specialist has made a diagnosis. When that happens, their medical condition can spiral out of control resulting in higher health costs and a void in your staff and loss of profit. As a corporation, you are beginning to show signs of what physicians coin, “a slow bleed.”