Sometimes when I suggest to clients that their wellness programs may be resulting in unnecessary treatments and procedures, I feel like I grew a third eye in the middle of my head. At this point in the meeting, the (previously happy) clients believe they have a lunatic in the room.
After all, if we find disease earlier we can intervene earlier and improve outcomes. Only makes sense. Just like the fact that if everyone started taking regular walks tomorrow morning then the nation’s lifestyle healthcare crisis would melt away by next Thursday. Looks good on paper. Sounds totally reasonable, doesn’t it?
The end of the healthcare crisis isn’t going to happen because everyone isn’t going to walk regularly. And the same is true for the idea of early detection improving outcomes. In actual practice, things get complicated. Many institutions and professionals in them don’t actually act in the best interest of the patients. Gasp!
Don’t miss this excellent paper on the taboo issue of a medical industry that too often keeps us over treated and over medicated. This is an overzealous medical industry into which our wellness programs continue to feed people:
When Less Is More: Issues of Overuse in Healthcare is a recent post on the Cracking Health Cost’s Website, from the Health Affairs blog.
Shawn is the President and Founder of Hope Health. For over 30 years, his work has focused on bringing clear, easy-to-read and watch health messages to the public via workplaces. He bills himself as the “Best C+ Student in the Wellness Biz” because, as he says, “I like to challenge the notion that there is no such thing as a stupid question.” Shawn is on a mission to tie workplaces into their surrounding communities to share resources and ideas in an effort to improve the health of all Americans.
You may reach Shawn at sconnors@HopeHealth.com or 800-334-4094.