Supporting mental and emotional well-being is one of the largest growing trends of our time. The market for mental and emotional well-being support, referred to as “Transformational Technology” has market estimates for consumer demand in the hundreds of billions. Yet mass adoption and understanding are not at the levels that reflect these trends.
When Walworth County makes employee benefit decisions, it keeps the ripple effect in mind. For a governmental unit, the ripples start with the employees that it wants to recruit and retain. Those employees typically place a high value on access to health care. But the ripples extend outward to impact all the taxpayers who live in Walworth County, located on the southern Wisconsin border.
There was a time when wellness within companies was thought of in the context of charity 5k runs or team building competitions. Wellness support within companies was often something few employees knew existed or felt comfortable exploring. Today, Well-being in the workplace has taken over what was once “Wellness” and encompasses a great deal more.
Every day, millions of Americans check into hospitals, visit family physicians or are treated in clinics. Rarely do patients ask, “how much is this going to cost me?”.
When patients visit us and their doctor doesn’t prescribe an antibiotic, I tell them it’s likely a well thought-out decision. It might not be the one they want to hear, but we’re not doing it to push the patient’s care under the rug. We know what we’re doing.
“There is strength in numbers – in policy making as well as purchasing health care,” said Karen Timberlake, principal at the Wisconsin offices of Michael Best Strategies. Several staff members of Michael Best Strategies spoke about the past year in health policy and what lies ahead in 2018 at The Alliance’s Health Policy event.