• Sound Medicine: Are corporate wellness programs effective?

    Sound Medicine is a radio show produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio. In the last few years, I’ve become their go-to guy on health policy. So, for those of you who would find your day brightened by the sound of my voice, enjoy the following:

    In September, “Sound Medicine” health care policy analyst Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., wrote an article for Bloomberg about Pennsylvania State University’s newly adopted corporate wellness program that modified its existing insurance plans. Many businesses across the country are also buying into what Dr. Carroll describes as the false sense of hope that wellness programs promise.

    Full audio after the jump


    • Dr. Carroll, I note that all of a sudden ’30 million without coverage’ is the introduction to this type of discussion instead of ’47 million uninsured’. What happened to the other 17 million or was that long touted number merely a ruse?

      • No. The ACA will do nothing to cover undocumented immigrants. Some people will choose not to buy insurance. Some people will still find insurance is too much money, and won’t be able to afford it. So it’s expected that about 30 million more will get insurance through the ACA.

        Additionally, anyone paying attention would know this has been a long-known issue. Here I am railing against it in 2009, before the bill was made law: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aaron-e-carroll/uniquely-american-or-uniq_b_314776.html

        You could also click this link and see the gazillion times we’ve consistently touted 30 million as the number expected to get insurance.

        • If I remember correctly the argument was 47 million uninsured and when one tried to break that number down they would be hammered. I guess that means that the 30 million uninsured is calculated based upon 17 million illegal immigrants thought to exist at the time, minus however many legal citizens don’t buy insurance. OK, I’ll buy that because at the time I believed that the real number of people that could not get adequate healthcare due to no fault of their own was about 8 million.

          I am not sure why you placed the ‘No’ at the beginning of your statement. Why didn’t they tout the 30 million instead of the 47 million?


          Krugman paraphrasing Gruber made a comparison in the reduction of the uninsured:

          Without a mandate 23 million (not all that far away from 30 million and perhaps closer to reality than many might think,

          45 million with the mandate.

          Please note, that it seems to me that you think I was quoting you, but I wasn’t quoting you or your blog or trying to attack anything you have said in the present or past. My statement was based upon things read in the NYTimes or written by Krugman along with a few other loud voices. You realize of course that we actually agree at times.