Important new results in 15th Annual Edition of the Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey
LAVAL, QC, June 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The 15th edition of the Sanofi Canada Healthcare survey reveals new and
important findings for employees and employers alike. The 2012 survey
indicates that 51% of Canadians expect they will continue to have
access to their healthcare benefits after retirement which may not
necessarily be the case. This information will have an important impact
on the baby boomers who have just begun to retire.
"Employers shouldn't waste any time educating employees on what happens
to health benefits upon retirement," suggests Pierre Marion of Medavie
Blue Cross. "Right now employees are not factoring healthcare costs
into their retirement planning. Many will be in for a surprise when
they realize that extended benefits may not be available."
Highly regarded as a credible reference tool for employers, insurers,
benefit consultants and other private payer stakeholders, the Sanofi
Canada Healthcare Survey explores the opinions and perceptions of
Canadian employees and employers from a wide range of industries about
their health benefit programs. The survey also interprets the findings
to help employers and key stakeholders better manage employee health
benefits. "Sanofi Canada is a patient-focused healthcare company,"
says Stanislav Glezer, Vice President, Evidence, Value and Access at
Sanofi, "for 15 years the Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey reveals data
that is important to employees and employers, allowing them to optimize
the management of their health benefit plans and access good
Complete results of the survey can be accessed at: www.sanofi.ca.
64% OF EMPLOYERS WITH HEALTH BENEFIT PLANS DO NOT KNOW EMPLOYEE
Surprisingly, only 38% of employers with health benefit plans formally
track absenteeism, and another 35% say they do so informally and 64%
admitted that they simply do not know when asked what their absenteeism
rate is. "Employees are the most important asset for an organization.
Not having the systems or processes in place to track and analyze why
employees are absent is a missed opportunity to manage one of your
biggest investments," says advisory board member and VP Marketing,
Group Benefits, Marilee Mark. "Analyzing absence trends can identify
opportunities to increase productivity and employee health that impact
the bottom line."
92% OF PLAN MEMBERS WOULD LIKELY PARTICIPATE IN HEALTH RISK SCREENINGS
Almost all Canadians surveyed indicated that they would participate in
on-site health risk screenings for conditions such as heart disease,
diabetes, stress or depression. This opens the doors to many workplace
initiatives and targeted education. According to Serge Langlois,
president and CEO of Diabète Québec: "When you prevent chronic disease,
you bring down healthcare costs. Everybody looks at how much coverage
costs, but we need to look at it the other way around."
"When you consider that employers have access to over half the Canadian
population, it simply makes sense that a strategic workplace wellness
culture will have a tremendous impact on population health and overall
workforce productivity," said Stanislav Glezer.
ABOUT THE SURVEY
The 2012 edition of The Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey was conducted
between January 11 and 18, 2012 by Ipsos Reid on behalf of Rogers
Business and Professional Publishing using an online (Internet survey)
methodology. A total national sample of 1,757 primary holders of group
health benefit plans completed the study. Completed interviews were
conducted using a random sample drawn from the 200,000+ members of the
Ipsos Reid Canadian i-Say Panel.
Overall results have a 95% certainty within +/- 2.3% of what they would
have been had the entire population of Canadian plan members been
polled. The data has been statistically weighted to ensure that the
age, gender, and regional composition of the sample reflect the adult
population according to the 2006 Census data.
In addition, Rogers Business and Professional Publishing conducted 125
online surveys with benefit plan sponsors from across the country from
January 12th to 18th, 2012.
Members of the survey's Advisory Board are among the most highly
esteemed professionals in the Canadian health benefit industry with
each member representing an essential industry stakeholder, including
health benefit plan sponsors, healthcare service providers, insurers
and consultants. For more information about The Sanofi Canada
Healthcare Survey, including the complete text of this year's report,
please visit www.sanofi.ca.
Sanofi, a global and diversified healthcare leader, discovers, develops
and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients' needs.
Sanofi has core strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth
platforms: diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs,
consumer healthcare, emerging markets, animal health and the new
Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York
Sanofi companies in Canada include sanofi-aventis Canada Inc.
(pharmaceuticals), Sanofi Pasteur (vaccines), Sanofi Consumer Health
(health and beauty), Genzyme (rare diseases) and Merial (animal
health). Together they employ more than 1,700 people, mainly in the
greater Montreal and Toronto areas. In 2011 Sanofi companies invested
$151.7 million in R&D in Canada, creating jobs, business and
opportunity throughout the country.
SOURCE Sanofi Canada
For further information:
Communications, Sanofi Canada