Mr. Gay Burke, writing for the Denver Post asks the question, “Why should employers pay for health care?”
To Mr. Burke:
Employers tend to be a smart group. Otherwise they would not be running successful businesses. But on health care, they have been stupid, blind and stubborn.
I can say that, in part, because I have spent nearly thirty years in the employee benefits profession.
The stubborn follows from the blind and stupid.
So let’s look at stupid first
Mr. Burke is onto something when he questions the role of employers in providing health insurance to employees. This is an admittedly illogical system. For starters, the doctor patient relationship is one that relies on continuity. Fostering that continuity is one of the major ingredients in proposals for health care delivery reform. Continue reading