RETHINKING HEALTHCARE TO BOOST WORK PRODUCTIVITY
Integrating healthcare with work and improving work productivity for patients and carers is not only an achievable goal, but a ‘win-win’ for all.
Patients can be empowered to:
• Improve their health by exercising more or quitting smoking, thereby reducing the chance of developing certain chronic diseases
• Become active partners in their treatment, which can improve adherence to treatment regimens
• Remain active in the workforce, whether by accessing healthcare at work, by adapting their work to their health needs or by supporting employee-carers to remain in the workforce
Caregivers can be supported through:
• Community-based health services providing a variety of approaches
• Flexibility in employment to encourage their dual roles of worker and caregiver
• Support to their caregiving by home-based technologies
Employers would benefit from:
• Healthier, more productive employees
• Reduced absenteeism
• Increased capacity to retain skilled, experienced workers
Governments would benefit from:
• Investment in sustainable healthcare on the part of employers
• Reduced payments for disabilities and social welfare
• Fewer patients needing long-term hospital or nursing home care
• A stronger economic base from greater worker productivity
EU White Paper
Spotlight on Prevention: When, Who and How?
Unhealthy lifestyles and lack of physical activity are key factors in the development of chronic diseases. Early prevention and diagnosis, better education, and above all collaboration among governments, patient organizations, and industry are crucial to prevent chronic diseases from arising.