• Revenue Cycle Management
  • COVID-19
  • Reimbursement
  • Diabetes Awareness Month
  • Risk Management
  • Patient Retention
  • Staffing
  • Medical Economics® 100th Anniversary
  • Coding and documentation
  • Business of Endocrinology
  • Telehealth
  • Physicians Financial News
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cardiovascular Clinical Consult
  • Locum Tenens, brought to you by LocumLife®
  • Weight Management
  • Business of Women's Health
  • Practice Efficiency
  • Finance and Wealth
  • EHRs
  • Remote Patient Monitoring
  • Sponsored Webinars
  • Medical Technology
  • Billing and collections
  • Acute Pain Management
  • Exclusive Content
  • Value-based Care
  • Business of Pediatrics
  • Concierge Medicine 2.0 by Castle Connolly Private Health Partners
  • Practice Growth
  • Concierge Medicine
  • Business of Cardiology
  • Implementing the Topcon Ocular Telehealth Platform
  • Malpractice
  • Influenza
  • Sexual Health
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Technology
  • Legal and Policy
  • Money
  • Opinion
  • Vaccines
  • Practice Management
  • Patient Relations
  • Careers



Retiree health costs nearing critical condition

While the funding of corporate pension plans is improving, other retiree benefits such as medical coverage are significantly underfed, says Standard & Poor's.Of 295 S&P 500 companies offering "other post-employment benefits," which largely consist of health insurance, the programs were underfunded by an aggregate of $321 billion in 2005. That's 129 percent greater than the amount by which corporate pension plans were underfunded. Moreover, non-pension, post-employment benefit programs have enough money to pay roughly 22 percent of obligations, while pension plans can meet more than 90 percent. S&P 500 defined-benefit plans as a group were $140 billion underfunded for 2005, a slight improvement from the $164 billion deficit a year earlier.

Skip the hotel on your next vacation

Interested in spending part of the winter in a four-bedroom villa in Martinique with a private pool, sauna, and outdoor kitchen with an ocean view? It won't cost you anything, as long as you have a home you'd be willing to let the owners in Martinique visit in a house swap, and you're a member of The home exchange service has properties in dozens of countries, including the US. A one-year membership costs $39. Other home exchange services and their annual costs include ($80; $125 with two printed directories), ($60), and ($50).

Helping your parents stay at home

Are your elderly parents forgetting to pay their bills on time? Do you live too far away to help much on a regular basis? The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers can help you find a certified care manager to help with healthcare, finances, and self-care. For more information, go to

Related Videos
Jennifer N. Lee, MD, FAAFP
© National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
© National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
© National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
© National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
© National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health