1467 Financial impact of medical tests reduction for the occupational health department of a company in times of crisis

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Abstract

Introduction

Due to the severe crisis that Brazil is facing in recent years, companies have been forced to implement cost control programs trying to mitigate impact of economic recession.

Introduction

Knowing that the Occupational Health Department is responsible for raising company costs due to large number of medical tests regularly requested, one way to cut down expenditures would be to revise pre-established internal protocols that vary according to job characteristics of the company.

Introduction

This study shows the financial impact when removing unnecessary complementary medical tests from Tejofran’s internal protocols, an outsourcing services company in Brazil, without interfering in the worker’s health.

Methods

Reviews were made to the company’s internal protocols and, based on the medical literature, complementary tests which are not required by law and do not influence in the worker’s health, were excluded. Some protocols could not be revised due to request of partner companies. The amount spent in 2016 was compared with the expenditures after the changes in 2017, considering the same costs of tests from previous years for the same group of workers to estimate the obtained savings.

Results

5029 exams were excluded, the main ones: Audiometry (32%), Electrocardiogram (14%), Electroencephalogram (14%) and Blood Sugar (14%). A reduction of R$ 106.050,36 (58,6%) from total value incurred, comparing to previous year. This amount saved could be invested in other action plas that benefit workers like physical workplace exercise, awareness campaigns and trainings.

Conclusion

This study shows that it is possible to reduce expenditures with company’s Occupational Health Department without having to reduce benefits for employees and without harming the health of workers, and the department’s main objective. The amount saved can be invested in action programs aiming improvement of life quality for employees and reducing rates of work accidents, absenteeism, and fatalities, therefore reducing costs for the company.

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