Employers have a critical stake in communicating
information to their employees about choosing good quality care, managing their
lifestyle, and making wise use of health care resources.
The Getting Smarter About
Health Care Toolkit is designed
to help employers like you communicate with employees about getting good
quality health care, making better health care decisions, and being informed
and engaged in their health and health care.
toolkit was developed to help you identify and use the best communication
strategies to encourage your employees to better understand the importance of
getting high quality health care and knowing how to get it.
Below is an excerpt from one of the communications materials included in the Getting Smarter About Health Care Toolkit!
What is the “right amount” of care?
“right amount” of health care means that you are getting as much care as you need, but no
unnecessary care. Unnecessary care is care that you don’t really need. Here
are some examples:
the right amount of care is part of good
quality health care and wise use of
the right amount of care – not too little and not too much – is best for your health. It also makes wise use of time and money spent on
lab tests done when you need them is the “right amount” of care. Repeating the
same lab tests when you see a different doctor – instead of just using the test
results you already have – would be unnecessary care.
antibiotics for an infection that is helped by antibiotics is the “right
amount” of care. Getting antibiotics for an infection that is not helped by
antibiotics – such as the common cold – would be unnecessary care.
on schedule with the preventive care and screening tests that are recommended
for your age and health condition is the “right amount” of care. Having
preventive care and screening tests more often than recommended would be
- Getting as much care as you
need is crucial for good health. If you can’t
or don’t get as much care as you
need, it can lead to more serious health conditions that are harder to treat
successfully and may also cost more to treat. If you develop health problems
because you didn’t get the care you needed, it’s not good for your health and
it’s not a wise use of money spent on health care.
- Getting more care than you really
need is not good for your
care you don’t need can take time away from other things you could be doing. It
can be hard on you and your family, adding unnecessary stress to your life. Getting
care you don’t need can even be harmful to your health. For example, studies
show that some surgery that is done is not really necessary. Evidence from
research on patient care shows that, for some conditions, treatments that are
simpler and less risky than surgery actually work better. If you don’t need a
certain type of treatment, why expose yourself to risks that might be part of
- Getting care you don’t need also adds to
the cost. Whether the money comes out of your own
pocket or is paid for by your health benefits, it is not a wise use of
resources to spend money on care that isn’t needed. When employees are given care
they don’t need, the cost can add up quickly for the company as a whole. This
can lead to higher premiums, reductions in coverage, or higher out-of-pocket
costs in the future.
If you are a MBGH member interested in getting a copy of the Getting Smarter About Health Care Toolkit please contact Tara Hill at email@example.com. If you are a non-member please contact Cristie Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org for membership details!