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Employees Struggle With Chronic Ailments

Over half of Canadian employees (55 per cent) struggle with chronic illness or injury and subsequently place a greater burden on the Canadian healthcare system. As this issue becomes prevalent, Canadians look to their employers for assistance in navigating the bureaucratic maze between the private and public healthcare system, says the 16th annual edition of ‘The Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey.’ It found nearly two-thirds (61 per cent) of employees who have yet to experience the system expect their plan sponsor to provide a high level of support. “Currently, there’s a wide grey area in terms of what is being covered by the various healthcare providers and employees are not so sure where to turn for guidance,” says John McGrath, from Great-West Life Assurance Company, one of the survey’s advisory board members. “These findings should act as a wake-up call for a better collaboration between stakeholders, as a significant portion of plan members, who are affected by chronic illness or injury, could be losing time and productivity because they don’t know where to turn for services and coverage.” Both plan members (81 per cent) and employers (90 per cent) acknowledge the importance of workplace-based health promotion programs to maintain the sustainability of the public healthcare system over the long-term. As such, provision of public programs in the workplace could be part of the solution to disease prevention and the management of chronic illness.

Courtesy of Benefits and Pensions Monitor website News Alerts

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