Patrick Center January 10, 2014 | WGVU This is the fifth year “Health Check: Analyzing Trends in West Michigan” In it, an examination of health care in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Allegan counties focusing on talent to serve an aging population, overall health and economic factors.
This year, it’s the uncertainty of the Affordable Care Act impacting the analysis.
“That uncertainty is leading to interesting things like a third of the firms are unsure if they’ll have health care coverage in a year. That’s an amazing number to me.”
That’s Dr. Paul Isely, he co-authored the report with Professors Sonia Dalmia.They’ve found 48 that percent of companies are passing additional costs to workers and another 40 percent of companies surveyed are considering doing the same. On the flipside companies are taking steps to improve employee health.
“They’re bringing in wellness plans to try to bring down the costs and at a much greater rate than we’re seeing in the rest of the country, more than 75-percent.”
The report shows West Michigan residents continue to gain weight with 36-percent considered overweight. Obesity has dropped slightly.
“We continue to see people get less healthy. We continue to see people have issues with poverty which leads to problems with access to health care.”
And there are more people aged 45 to 64 than there are ages 20 to 34 which means there will be fewer workers replacing retirees.
The report indicates there’s a nursing shortfall of 100 annually.WGVU-TV’s “West Michigan Week” breaks it down further Friday night at 8:00 on the Create Channel and again Sunday morning at 10:00 on WGVU-HD. ListenDownload
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