Giving incentives …
Our facilities now give gift certificates for employees who do their annual exams like Pap smears, mammograms and a health screening online (“Senate bill’s wellness provisions spur discrimination worries,” Modern Healthcare.com, Jan. 3).
This way you are not discriminating for those who had the exams and something was found, or for those who spend more annually because of chronic health issues. I believe that this is a great way to give employees an incentive to stay healthy and use the early-detection process by getting annual exams.
Years ago, we had incentives to not use more than a certain dollar amount, use seatbelts 100% of the time, reduce or quit smoking, keep an exercise log, etc., and the company gave us a few hundred dollars if we met eight out of 10 requirements to keep healthy or live healthier. But some people couldn’t meet the criteria because of chronic illness or disability.
Once we changed to the newer program listed above, all staff could participate and it gives people an incentive to look at what they can work on to improve their own health no matter what illness or disability they have. In turn, companies save money through awareness and early detection.