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IBM breaks new ground on employee healthcare

2009

IBM is to become one of the first US companies to cover all the costs of primary healthcare for its staff.

The technology multinational has pledged ‘100 per cent primary healthcare coverage’ to employees for care with family practitioners, paediatricians, general practitioners and osteopaths.

The move will lower costs for employees by eliminating payments made to receive care from a primary-care doctor.  

IBM’s new stance is the latest reaction to president Obama’s proposed healthcare reforms in the US. Wal-Mart endorsed Obama’s plans earlier this year, much to the disappointment of some business lobby groups and other companies.

IBM will also continue its ‘wellness’ programmes, which promote healthy living and preventative measures among employees, and through which IBM claims to have saved nearly $200million in reduced sick leave and better productivity from a $79m investment between 2004 and 2007.

Its healthcare coverage changes will start at the beginning of 2010.



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