Soundbite: ‘Don’t skip’ annual exams, screenings

As the pandemic causes a significant number of workers to delay or avoid regular healthcare, one industry insider is urging employees to reconsider.

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“No one is super excited to get those reminders from their doctor that says, ‘Congratulations, you’re now eligible for a mammogram or colonoscopy or endoscopy,’” she continued. “But it’s very important. We all know that addressing something early is key and will us get better.”

Hannon’s message comes as many employers grow concerned over employees skipping annual wellness exams, regular care and needed screenings due to COVID-19 concerns. A survey of employers from the Midwest Business Group on Health found that organizations’ top concerns about workers postponing care are missing out on early diagnoses of conditions like cancer (cited by 27% of employers), poor management of current chronic conditions such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome (24%), increased risk for chronic diseases (22%), a spike in 2021 healthcare costs (16%) and decreased productivity and increased absenteeism (12%).

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“My recommendation for everyone is those physicals you need to do, those screening exams, don’t skip them,” Hannon said. “Get them on your calendar and make sure you’re taking care of yourself.”

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Kathryn Mayer
Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s former benefits editor and chair of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. She has covered benefits for the better part of a decade, and her stories have won multiple awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award and honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver.