Two conclusions can be drawn from this action research project. First, there is a statistical link between certain company practices and the leadership behaviors of front-line managers, with employee stress, and absenteeism. Second, by focusing intervention initiatives on organizational issues which impact on employee wellness, absenteeism and one can achieve dramatic improvements in overall company performance.
Is good health important? Most everyone would agree, however you have to wonder why many people don't follow practices that will keep them healthy. These practices include watching their diets and visiting a doctor regularly, especially for the yearly check ups. Perhaps a lack of understanding the health insurance or medical coverage process is the reasons why. With the many options and coverage types that are available for any budget or need, it is easy to secure health insurance. Public health care is available for many people who are unemployed or just cannot get their budget to agree on medical coverage. The elderly and permanently disabled as well as the chronically ill generally enjoy the benefits of medical coverage through Medicare. Though this seems unfair, this segment of the population cannot get coverage through most insurance companies, mostly because of the high frequency of doctor visits and the associated costs. Medicaid is often referred to as the insurance for the very poor. Many doctors not longer accept this type of insurance due to lower reimburses rates for their services. Many states have health care programs for low cost or free medical insurance for children. The program known as CHIP is for parents who earn too much for Medicaid but cannot afford private insurance. This program was set up to make sure all children get proper immunizations and medical care. Back in the day and in many companies today employer's offer medical insurance for their full time employees. When it is not completely free, the employee will be ask to contribute a certain small percentage of their pay to help cover medical premium costs. Included in this coverage is usually dental and work accidents and the employee might have to pay a co-pay on part of the doctor bill. Sadly many of the smaller business can no longer afford the rising cost of health care for their employees and have dropped insurance coverage. However, military members and the federal government employees still enjoy coverage under federal health care plans. In the companies that don't offer employee health care plans, it is up to the individual to purchase their own health care insurance. They should however first know their needs before they pick the coverage that is best for them. The options make it possible to choose medical insurance and no other options or add dental or some other option to the policy they choose. This type of coverage on average is usually high as well as the co pays and deductibles being high. Pre-existing conditions are generally turned down for coverage and expect the cost to be based more on age and overall health condition of the individual. Health insurance does not just cover medical expenses. Included under health insurance are some non medical services. There is disability income insurance which will pay benefits to people who are not able to work due to a work accident or illness. It will also cover medical expenses during this time. Log term care insurance will cover people for loss of functioning due to age or illness. Insurance is necessary even though it can be expensive. Many people are loosing insurance due to the rising costs and that is a major problem that needs to be addressed.
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