With the Teladoc integrated app, individuals can seek answers that cover their total health concerns and receive guidance toward options that are available to them.
The stigma is fading: employers today are realizing now more than ever that mental health is a real health issue that needs focus and care just like physical health. A growing number of millennials is entering the workforce and expecting mental healthcare as part of their benefits package. And employers see a growing amount of data that reveals the numerous paybacks of investing in mental health.
It is estimated that one in five American adults at some point in their lives, deals with a medically-diagnosed mental illness. for American businesses, that means an unhealthy, unproductive workforce. According to a 2013 Gallup Poll, it also means added expense; mental health issues, like depression alone, are costing American companies an estimated $23 billion per year in absenteeism. That adds up to $193 billion in lost wages.
Enter telebehavioral health. Employers are realizing is convenience and ease of use. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that approximately 96.5 million Americans live in areas where there are shortages of mental health providers. Telebehavioral health solves that, enabling employees to get help, on the path to wellness sooner.
Another big driver in 2018 will be the growing focus on co-morbidities and solutions available to treat them. For one, care silos exist, resulting in the separation of medical healthcare and behavioral healthcare, which results in complicating care and care access. Also, studies like the landmark 2008 Milliman Report state that patients with depression have a higher burden of medical illness than people without depression, and that more than 40% of people who are considered “high utilizers” of healthcare also have depression, anxiety, or dysthymia. The CDC reports that today close to 70% of behavioral health patients also have a medical co-morbidity.
Teladoc is the only telehealth provider to provide a comprehensive network to address all health conditions via a single platform, addressing an individual’s total well-being. In 2018, employers will see how through a single point of access, a virtual care delivery platform can meet most any care need for their employees. Convenience, cost savings and quality outcomes all in one.
So as employers are knowledable and ready to deliver mental healthcare, millions of American will be the real winners in 2018 by gaining access to telebehavioral health.