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Sneak Peek of the New Members-Only Toolkit

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. This 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? Getting the “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:

  • Having 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.
  • Getting 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.
  • Staying 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 unnecessary care.
Getting the right amount of care is part of good quality health care and wise use of resources. Getting 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 health care.
  • 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 health. Getting 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 that treatment?
  • 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 thill@memphisbusinessgroup.org. If you are a non-member please contact Cristie Travis at ctravis@memphisbusinessgroup.org for membership details!

Posted by Tara Hill at 9:00 AM

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