Manulife claims analysis indicates that plan members with diabetes aren’t making full use of the different Extended Health Care (EHC) services available through their plans. As we note below, this might affect their ability to best manage their diabetes.
For example, Manulife looked at the number of plan members who have submitted claims for diabetes medication. Only an exceedingly small percentage (<1%) of these claimants were found to be using the services of a dietitian in combination with medication.1
Heidi Riggs, Health and Dental Product Manager at Manulife, is concerned by the findings. “This low use of coverage for dietitians is surprising,” Riggs says. “Especially when you consider the important role that diet and weight loss can play in the management of diabetes and pre-diabetes.”
Diabetes Canada recommends people with diabetes should seek out nutritional counselling to help determine their best diet.2 So, periodic reminders to your employees about the full range of health benefits available through your plan could produce better health outcomes for those managing diabetes.