Employers: Require Employees To Get A Second Opinion

March 7, 2017

When in doubt, get a second opinion. This is generally good advice when it comes to health-related issues. And a growing number of employers are taking it to heart by requiring employees to get a second opinion before starting treatment for a medical problem.

According to the 2016 Willis Towers Watson Best Practices in Health Care Employer Survey, 23% of employers have implemented expert medical and second opinion programs. That number is expected to more than double to 58% in the next two years.

In a recent article in Workforce, Jeff Levin-Scherz, national leader of Willis Towers Watson’s North American health management practice, explained that there are two reasons for the increase in employer interest in second opinion programs. First, health care has become more individualized and it’s hard for people to find the best and most qualified physicians and for physicians to give the best advice in every circumstance. Second, the options for expert second opinion programs available to employers have increased and improved.

Said Levin-Scherz, “Employers are able to gain much more valuable service for their employees in expert medical opinions now than they were a number of years ago.”

For the complete article in Workforce, click here.

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