As some of you may remember, I work for a corporate wellness company. Last week, our CEO asked us to watch this documentary on America’s health care system and it highlights a little bit the wellness industry’s role in trying to help it. The documentary is called “Escape Fire” and I HIGHLY recommend it! Here’s a trailer to give you a taste of it:
It might just be the fact that I’m bias, since I’m in the wellness industry, but I found the movie fascinating and I learned so much!
- 20% of patients account for 80% of healthcare costs
- 1 in 5 deaths is attributed to smoking
- Since 1999, premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance have been rising 4 TIMES faster than employee’s earnings.
- The average American accrues $8,000 of health care costs a year, whereas in the rest of the world, the average is closer to $3,000.
“We don’t have a health care system in this country, we have a disease management system”.
The documentary focuses a lot of what’s broken with the health care system (that’s a political discussion I’m not wanting to start on this blog) but it does, as I’ve already mentioned, bring into account a solution: wellness programs.
Each wellness program is a little different but I think there are some basic truths that come from them:
- There is no quick fix: eating well and exercising regularly are the best way to make you healthy overall. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, reduce your cholesterol, sleep better or just feel better, there’s no long-term replacement for proper diet and physical activity.
- People need to be held accountable for the decisions they’re making regarding their health.
- Many of the conditions that people are being treated for are preventable and many are even reversible. Of course, there are always going to be things out of our control, like genetics or chronic conditions. But if there’s something we can be doing for those who have the ability to change, why aren’t we tapping into that ability?!
- With the right attitude and willingness to participate, these programs can quite literally save a person’s life.
I talk to a few people who feel like they are being tricked or manipulated into participating. There will always be the haters. I don’t understand how taking steps to live a healthier, better quality life is a bad thing. But I’ve seen even just our little program change lives. Lifestyles have changed, weight has been lost, diabetes has gone away, families change their habits and create healthy environments where their children stop the unhealthy living cycle, doctors took their patients off medications because they no longer need them! The list goes on and on but all I can see is positive!
If you have a spare 1.5 hours, watch the documentary. Not only will it open your eyes to the health care system and the potential of wellness programs but it will also to the AMAZING stories that have come from these attempts to lower health care costs. People’s lives have been changed for the better and really, what more could you ask for?