In the latest episode of “This Month, Amplified”, host Michael Waitze together with David Gritz, and Theresa Blissing dived deep into two pivotal discussions – the recall of the over-the-counter medication Sudafed and its broader implications for the insurance industry, and the significant role of labor unions in modern society.
Starting with the Sudafed topic, the trio highlighted the inefficacy of the medication and opened the door to debate the responsibilities of insurers in promoting comprehensive health advice, emphasizing the potential of alternative remedies. Theresa underscored the need for insurers to delve deeper, suggesting they tap into scientific research like the study of microbiomes to offer tailored health advice, while David highlighted the importance of nutrition and a holistic approach to health, referencing the book “Gut” by Julia Ender.
Michael probed the intricate relationship between insurance and pharma companies, questioning the prevailing models and the genuine incentives to promote healthier lifestyle choices. David pointed out the challenges with the current cost-plus model in the U.S health insurance landscape, highlighting the absence of incentives for endorsing non-traditional, perhaps healthier alternatives. The privacy conundrum was not ignored, with both Michael and Theresa discussing the willingness, or lack thereof, of individuals to share health data with insurance companies.
Shifting gears to labor unions, the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike took center stage. David elaborated on its potential ripple effects on the auto industry and insurance premiums. The discourse concluded with Michael reflecting on the changing dynamics and relevance of labor unions in today’s rapidly evolving world.
To encapsulate, the episode provided a thought-provoking exploration into the realms of healthcare and labor unions. It emphasized the evolving responsibilities of insurance providers and the contemporary challenges faced by labor unions. The insights provided spotlighted the interconnectedness of industries and the necessity for a more holistic approach to health and labor in today’s technologically driven world.