Executive Health Programs on the RisePosted by in Executive Health
More physicians and medical groups across the United States are offering special executive health programs that provide “top of the line” care for busy executives who are willing to pay for the service. Some programs began in the 1970s and 1980s, but they have continued to grow in numbers through the 1990s and now the 21st century.
For businesses that provide the service for their executives, the costs may be offset by fewer lost days from work and higher levels of productivity among top employees. A study conducted by the University of Michigan Management Research Center in 2002 showed that executives who had regular physical examinations were off from work 45% less than those who did not have the exams. These executives also made 20% fewer health insurance claims.
What is An Office Visit Like For Executive Health Plans?
Whether the executive health program is provided by a large medical group or a smaller concierge practice, executives are usually seen for longer periods than the average office visit, and they sometimes receive almost “spa-like” services. These can include special treatment in the waiting room, such as refreshments and Internet access. Other perks may involve special hours, almost immediate appointments, and expedited test results.
This preventative care model sometimes consists of customized dietary plans, massage therapy, personal fitness training, and psychological therapy.
Physical examinations in executive health programs generally include comprehensive diagnostic testing for disease risks, as well as nutritional deficiencies. The goal is to preempt disease and promote healthy living. Most executive patients are screened for a variety of ailments and risk factors, including: diabetes, anemia, polyps, ulcers, heart damage and heart attack risk, and stroke risk. Testing is also done to evaluate the functioning of the lungs, eyes, ears (hearing), and more. A colonoscopy is usually part of the regimen, as well as prostate cancer tests for men. For women, a bone density reading is taken, along with a mammogram, pap smear, and any sonograms to verify findings in the pap smear and mammogram.
Recording this data allows doctors to keep tabs on each patient’s health progress or regression when they have their annual physical exams. It is an all-inclusive service that is the executive’s best defense against the onset of disease.
Scheduling all of these tests and services in one place (and many during the same visit) allows exceptionally busy executives to take care of their health to a degree they probably wouldn’t manage otherwise.
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