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Forbes reports that employee illness costs the U.S. economy $576 billion annually, with 39% of that cost (or $227 billion) being attributed to “lost productivity” from employee absenteeism.
Employees also cause businesses to lose productivity even when they show up work if their sick, as their illness prevents them from putting forth their best effort and work.
Direct Primary Care (DPC) is an effective way to empower your employees to take control of their health. In this article, we’ll explore the different ways that DPC could help your employees increase their overall wellness, meaning more productivity and revenue for your organization.
Direct Primary Care and Employee Wellness
DPC helps establish the continuity of care
When it’s easier to get appointments, there are shorter wait times, and patients have a stronger relationship with their doctors, they are more likely to seek care on a continuous and ongoing basis. It’s as simple as that!
When patients have a positive relationship with their physician based on trust and understanding, they are more likely to show up to appointments and follow the advice that their doctor is giving them, helping them to be healthier overall.
They are also more likely to receive preventative care rather than merely visiting the doctor as a reaction to an illness or ailment.
DPC can reduce stress
Fighting insurance claims, understanding premiums, co-pays, and coverage limitations and filling out what can sometimes feel like endless paperwork can certainly be stressful for your employees when it comes to receiving the health care that they need.
With the DPC benefits model, paperwork is almost completely taken out of the equation, as are those stressful insurance claims. Because DPC involves a “retainer” for doctor services, there are no fees or bills after the fact, taking the mystery out of it for your employees.
This can put your employees at serious ease, as a recent Huffington Post piece cites that of respondents polled, 45% name health care as among the two issues most important to them (with the other being the economy). Allow your employees some peace of mind by simplifying their healthcare options.
They will feel more cared for
The bottom line is that DPC can make your employees feel better cared for, appreciated, and supported. Showing your employees how much you value their health and wellness is a sure-fire way to ensure that they feel like a priority within your organization.
The more cared for they feel, the better they will feel as a whole. DPC provides patients with a doctor on call virtually 24/7, as physicians at these practices are committed to providing their patients with quick responses via email, phone, and even text.
Your employees will love the attentiveness and will surely appreciate that your company has offered them the benefit.
Are you sold yet? Many consider DPC to be the future of healthcare, so get ahead of the curve! Call us today to learn more about the benefit and how you can offer it to your employees.