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What are the goals of massage therapy as an employee benefit?

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JayC:

Excellent article that does cover a lot of ground. Personally I am looking for pain relief and the ability to carry out work activities without narcotics sooner than i would otherwise be able to.

Wednesday, September 07 at 3:24 pm | Reply

Chas:

I don’t think that Sakkejha is giving us all of the goods here. A well-run multi-disciplinary health clinic does a good job making cross referrals to other professionals when the health indicators warrant it. They excel at treating co-morbidities, and employers benefit as a result. For these reasons they also don’t come cheap to acquisitors such as Beneplan; therefore no need for Sakkejha to denigrate publicly what she obviously doesn’t understand.
Group insurers and benefits consultants have done a poor job with the so-called “paramedical” benefit sub-set. The ideal plan would have the following characteristics:
-inclusion of services of speech-language pathologists, audiologists and registered psychotherapists
-have two internal maxima: the first to be used as it is today at plan member’s discretion; the “excess” to be available with an MD’s recommendation
-higher maxima generally for blue collar workers

Consultants have historically viewed these benefits as being static, even though they have high preventive and work productivity value. Most (but thankfully not all) rely on the insurers’ standard schedules even though all insurers’ admin. and claim systems can customize them at the policy, account and class levels. So much for value added advisory.
Final comment here is to shed light on one of the reasons why claims costs are rising, something that would, in fairness, be evident only to people who work in both the benefits AND auto insurance personal injury benefits fields. During the past two years, Ontario’s 90 auto insurers have been more forcefully exercising their legal last payor rights, which means that in the neighborhood of $100 million that they would have previously paid for OT, Physio, Chiro, SLP and RMT (i.e. massage) services are now being claimed against the benefits plans. So it is not exactly a good time to start floating ideas about paramed cutbacks. These member and dependent claimants-many thousands of them every year-have a variety of cognitive, emotional and muskulo-skeletal impairments as a result of their auto accidents. The services of those regulated health professionals are the only thing separating them from an LTD claim.

Thursday, September 08 at 9:48 am | Reply

Sara:

thanks For the information. it takes experience and deep knowledge of pressure point for and massage therapist to give complete pleasure of massage.

Monday, December 26 at 4:14 am | Reply

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