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Here’s how Apple, Amazon and Microsoft are creating health plans for their employees

Nov 13 2018 • Written by Smriti Mishra

~Smriti Jha

 

The workplace is a stressful environment for many. With deadlines, mundane tasks and pressure, it is common for the mind and body to feel overwhelmed. However, it is important to remember that irrespective of the services or product you provide, as an employer you are also in the business of health.

If you approach this responsibility with inclusion, you will harness a powerful strategy for growth.

Fitgenix lists three global companies who are serious when it comes to looking at the health and wellness of their employees, and exploring corporate-run clinics to improve employee wellness.

 

 

 

Amazon

 

Amazon has partnered with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase Co. to offer health insurance to over 1 million of its employees. In June this year, the three companies announced the appointment of surgeon, writer, and Harvard professor Dr. Atul Gawande as CEO for the initiative.

 

Amazon is looking to build out clinics for its employees, and will start with a small pilot before it expands the effort early next year.

 

Apple

 

Apple has launched its own health care service for employees and is developing clinics for its employees and their dependents. An Apple subsidiary called AC Wellness Network has already hired more than 40 people for those clinics.

 

It will open at least two clinics; one will be on campus at its new spaceship-like headquarters, Apple Park, and one north of it. Both will serve Apple’s local employees and families, offering access to primary care doctors, nurse practitioners, exercise coaches, and on-site lab tests.

 

Microsoft

 

Last month, Microsoft announced that will offer a new custom health plan option, called as the Health Connect Plan, for some of its Washington state employees beginning in 2019.The Health Connect Plan will include access to pediatric provider network Allegro Pediatrics and Microsoft’s on-site clinic, the Living Well Health Center.

 

Microsoft said its goal for the health plan is to provide more personalised and coordinated care for its employees. One component of the mission is providing employees with a “health connect navigator” to assist them in finding a providers and confirming plan benefits, among other services.

 

We are sure some Indian companies will take a leaf out of these great employee initiatives. Better medical benefits will perhaps be the next great battleground in the war for talent and employee retention.

 

Contribute: Do write to us about any wellness program in your company that has led to noticeable gains for your employees, at smriti@fitgenix.in