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My Doctor, the Boss

As employer health costs rise, large employers (as many as 30% of them by next year) are building on-site health clinics for their employees – and saving millions. Companies like Perdue, Toyota, Pepsi and Sprint Nextel are returning to the days, not so long ago, when workers’ health care was a company affair. These employees now get access to cheaper doctor visits while on the clock. But current loopholes in HIPAA (the health care privacy law) beg the question: will an employee with a drug problem feel safe getting treatment at work?

by Luladey B. Tadesse
Gannett News Service
Posted by The Asbury Park Press
August 27, 2007

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  • marcy February 14, 2008, 5:35 pm

    My Doctor the boss is potentially dangerous not just for drug users but for anyone with an illness that might want to make employer fire him for fear of rising costs or potentially poor performance

  • T.Lyle Ferderber February 18, 2008, 3:49 pm

    Companies are seeing positive results from encouraging healthy lifestyles by doing things from gyms to gym memberships to in-building food co-ops.
    If corporations had to keep a “wall” between “their” doctors and “their” patients, might this be a good thing? And here, I think of one of the final scenes in Fast Food Nation……..where the injured illegal is denied treatment.

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