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Annual Screenings your Employees Should Get

06/23/08

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Annual Screenings your Employees Should Get

Dr. Luke Burchard, Vice President of Cost Containment and Medical Director for iHealth, explains how targeted wellness programs reduce employer costs.

Promoting preventive care in the workplace is one of the most important steps an employer can take to maintain good health while helping to keep medical costs in line, says Dr. Luke Burchard, Vice President of Cost Containment and Medical Director for iHealth. “By practicing a focused approach to employee wellness, employers can produce real claims savings for health plans,” he emphasized.

At a recent MedBen wellness conference, Dr. Burchard recommended six annual screenings that benefit both employee and employer:

  • Wellness exam from a primary care provider. A yearly checkup allows the provider to better monitor changes in your physical condition.
  • Cholesterol screening. Keeping “bad” cholesterol in check reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease.
  • Mammography. An annual mammogram for women over 40 increases the likelihood of detecting breast cancer early.
  • PSA blood test. A high prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level is an early warning sign of prostate cancer.
  • Colonoscopy. Regular screenings are key to the early detection of colon cancer, the second highest cause of cancer for both men and women.
  • Pap smear. Typically performed during a gynecological exam, this test checks for signs of cancer of the cervix.

MedBen offers medical plans that encourage preventive care, such as low patient co-payments for standard screenings. We also can assist self-funded employers in developing a fully-rounded wellness program.

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