Check this out: Your efforts to make employees more active in making healthcare choices may actually be working.
According to a survey from the National Business Group on Health, three in four workers (75%) used their employer as a resource for medical and health information in 2010.
That’s a big jump from the 54% in who responded similarly in 2007. And there’s more good news: Almost seven of 10 respondents (69%) rated their employers as completely, very or moderately trustworthy sources of heath information.
The bright side, the dark side
The survey uncovered some other useful data. The good news:
- 85% of respondents said they looked for health care information about symptoms before visiting a doctor, and
- 71% said they brought a list of questions to ask their doctor during a visit.
And the bad:
- 41% indicated they were unsure how to discuss their concerns with their doctors, and
- 47% felt their doctors were rushed during the visit.
Results also indicated employees favored the carrot over the stick when it comes to encouraging effective care. Almost four in ten employees (39%) said they supported support incentives for using proven treatments versus 16% who support penalties for using treatments shown to work less effectively.
For a look at the survey results, go here.