How Easier Access to Primary Care and Mental Health Care Reduces Employer Healthcare Costs

The way employers think about healthcare and their employees has changed, and continues to evolve with COVID-19 stressors. Though, one thing that remains is increasing employer healthcare costs. In the past it was thought that better access to healthcare resulted in higher overall healthcare costs, leading most healthcare consumers only to see their doctor for only necessary treatments and therapies- or avoiding the doctors completely. Long-term, this can mean ending up in urgent care or the emergency room.

In the United States alone, the cost of poor employee health totaled 530 billion a year for employer healthcare costs.

Less access to healthcare actually puts more emphasis on being reactive, rather than proactive. If employers and benefit managers take a deeper look, easier access to care actually benefits everyone involved- even the success of your organization. And it addresses the healthcare needs for both in-office and remote employees. Which is why, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual care has proven to be an essential way of care.

In a recent 2020 Business Group on Health survey, 80% of respondents believed virtual care would play a vital role in the delivery of care now and into the future. In 2018, only 52% of respondents said virtual care would be necessary.

The Benefits of Easy Access to Care

When employees are given better, easier access to primary care and mental health services it opens the door to a multitude of benefits. Not only does it benefit the employee, but the employer and their organization as a whole. Virtual visits for primary care and mental health is a much more comprehensive approach to employee healthcare.

Here are five benefits to virtual care:

1. Less overall spending

The truth is, easier access to care actually decreases employer healthcare costs. For most, visiting the doctors office feels like a hassle. If employees were given access to a health professional via virtual care, this would minimize avoiding the doctors. And in the long-term, by being proactive about their health, employees could stay away from urgent care and the emergency rooms. Which saves time and money for both the employer and the employee.

2. Increase in productivity

When employees are healthy and not out of work for appointments, this results in better productivity. How can employees be productive if they aren’t physically and mentally healthy? Sure they might be physically in a desk chair, but are they working productively and efficiently?

3. Less long-term care

Being more proactive about getting care can minimize long-term care and chronic illness. If employees had better access to care, they could get preventive care which ultimately is better for the future of their health.

4. More ability to focus on work and stay working

The beauty of virtual care is that it allows employees to stay at work without having to spend hours in a doctor’s office. Getting up in the middle of the day to attend a doctors appointment takes them away from work and makes it difficult to jump back into work. A quick walk down the hall or virtual care visit to see a doctor is much more efficient.

5. Less time spent researching

One of the most difficult aspects of navigating healthcare (whether primary care or mental health care) is finding in-network providers. If employees had access to in-network, on-site and virtual care services, this would significantly reduce the time and the stress involved - whether looking for a doctor or therapist.

So what does easier access to care mean?

Easier access to care means the ability to quickly and easily see a doctor, whether in person or virtually. It also means allowing employees to book same day primary care and mental health visits. At Radish Health, we provide employees with these capabilities, and all with the use of our easy-to-use mobile app. And those that partner with us have access to a group of pre-vetted providers so that your organization can quickly find great providers within your network without spending hours on research.

With advances in technology and new digital tools, it’s estimated 35%-50% of traditional in-person care could actually be delivered via virtual care setting.

Moreover, this approach is simply a more proactive and comprehensive approach to healthcare. Taking preventive measures and staying on top of physical and mental health issues, can double your chance for a healthier future.

How Does an Employer Achieve Better Access to Care for Employees?

Small, midsize and large organizations all have the opportunity to achieve better access to care for their employees with the right healthcare partner. With a company like Radish Health, employers can provide easier access to primary care and mental health care with little complexities or differences from your original healthcare approach.

The Radish Health approach is simple:

  1. Employers and benefit managers provide the name and contact information of employees
  2. Employee can sign-up within minutes after providing their insurance card
  3. Radish Health takes care of the rest

How Does Radish Health Help?

Radish Health understands the need for easier access to care, especially during this challenging time when both physical and mental healthcare are a priority. Through our virtual care services, we’re able to provide annual physicals, sick visits, STD screenings, vaccinations and immunizations, blood draws, prescription refills and more.

Today, employees are working from home and from the office. It’s important your employees are healthy and happy no matter where they are working. Though there are many benefits to easier access to care, it ultimately results in more productive employees, while reducing overall employer healthcare costs. After all- a healthy employee means a healthy organization.

To learn how Radish Health can improve access to care and reduce your healthcare costs please reach out to viral@radish.health. If you’d like to see our solutions first-hand, book a demo with a Radish team member here.

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