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The impacts of COVID-19 are broad and abundant, so the types of support offered to employees should be as well. As an employer, you might not be able to offer everything you want when it comes to healthcare, but the good news is you can do something! These are 8 simple and affordable ways to show great leadership and promote the health of your working and furloughed employees.
1. Offer Telemedicine Services
More and more providers are offering their services virtually. Telemedicine allows you to discuss symptoms, medical issues, and more with a healthcare provider in realtime from the comfort of your home. It also allows your employees to save significantly on office visits. Companies like MDlive, American Well, SnapMD, Teladoc, and more are making telemedicine services more simple, and accessible, than ever.
Sedera members have access to Teladoc as part of their membership.
2. Encourage Everyone to Use GoodRX
GoodRx gathers current prices and discounts to help find the lowest cost pharmacy for each specific prescription in your area. According to GoodRx, “the average GoodRx customer saves $355 a year on their prescriptions.”
GoodRx is a 100% free tool that can help your employees, friends, family and you save on prescription costs at local pharmacies.
3. Sponsor a Direct Primary Care Membership
A direct primary care doctor can partner in building a healthy lifestyle and can be the quarterback of your care. They offer more comprehensive care than you usually experience when paying a fee for service. By paying a monthly membership, patients have access to:
- Office visits as often as you need them
- Off-hours access via text, call and video
- Discounted or at-cost labs, x-rays and medications
- Same or next-day appointments
- A doctor who is invested in your physical, mental, and financial wellbeing
In addition, Direct Primary Care patients are able to consistently plan their monthly medical costs which can help reduce surprise financial events.
4. Provide Virtual Primary Care
Like Direct Primary Care, Virtual Primary Care is a membership model rather than fee for service, but gives you direct access to your physician virtually! This means that patients get face-to-face time with the same physician who knows them and their health history from the comfort of their own home. This is different from telemedicine where you are assigned to whichever doctor is available.
5. Promote Online Mental Health Resources
Mental health, which includes emotional, psychological and social well-being is incredibly important. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices.
There are a wide variety of fantastic mental health resources that are free or low cost that you can either pay for or point your employees toward. A few trusted resources include:
- The CDC
- National Institute of Mental Health
- Yale’s “The Science of Well-Being”
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
6. Sponsor Online Exercise Resources
Fitness can be a great way to escape the feeling of being trapped in your home. Plus, there are lots of ways to build a sense of teamwork while everyone is separated. Here are a few of our favorite virtual, fitness tools:
- Offer to reimburse an online workout community like Camp Gladiator or Daily Burn
- Start a Slack (or other team messaging) channel on health and fitness
- Initiate a video conference workout
- Send out a list of apps that people can download and use to workout from home. Here are a few:
7. Suggest Diet and Immune Resources
Food and diet play a huge factor in our overall health. Help your team access healthy food through subscriptions or delivery services.
Delivery Services: Instacart/ Doordash
Local Farmers: Many local farms are delivering fresh meals and produce. Search for the best local produce delivery in your area by checking LocalHarvest.org to see if delivery is available near you. Imperfect Foods is another great resource that delivers healthy food to your doorstep, while eliminating waste.
Local Restaurants: Many local restaurants are offering family meals that can be picked up curbside or delivered. Follow your favorite local restaurants and eateries on Facebook and Instagram to see what specials they are currently running. You can also check out Eat Local First for more information on restaurant specials in your local area.
Supplements: Teas, supplements and more.
Health Trackers: DMinder, Oura ring
8. Provide Medical Cost Sharing
Medical Cost Sharing provides a refreshingly different approach to help your employees manage their large medical expenses. Sedera is a Medical Cost Sharing Community inspired by the modern sharing economy. Their innovative non-insurance approach is centered on a commitment to healthy living and sharing the cost of medical care. In doing so, they provide access to quality healthcare at affordable prices for their Members and their families. Employers save significantly without compromising quality care by choosing this alternative.
In addition to sharing medical expenses, Sedera members get access to many of the items mentioned above — counseling, medical bill negotiation, telemedicine and expert second opinion services, as well as personal member advisors who help them navigate the complex healthcare landscape
Employers want to provide the best for their employees and their families. For more information about Medical Cost Sharing and how to help your employees click here.
Originally posted to Sedera.com. Edited version reposted here with permission.