Medical Insurance Company into Wellness (!?)

 Do You Dare to Eat a Peach?

(from T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” a landmark modern poem)

A couple weeks ago, I was exchanging emails with a musician who manages a musicpeach3 program at a hospital system in Canada, Manitoba Artists in Healthcare.  The music program was implemented in 2001, and funding was and is provided by a large insurance company very committed to wellness.  The music program manager stated, ” _________ (insurance company) found happier employees use less sick days…and said this insurance company is a very generous corporate giver.”

On hearing this, it lead me to think and question about the state of creative programs in healthcare (United States) today.  I wonder if there are any insurance companies in the US so committed to wellness as the Canadian insurance company.  And if there are any, is it just rhetoric or do they substantiate their words with actions?  Actions do speak much louder than words!

Insurance companies are the strongest influencers in healthcare…on the types of medical and healthcare services delivered and what services will be reimbursed.  Surely, the medical insurance industry can change the focus of healthcare from the uni-dimensional approach to a multi-dimensional approach. From a scientific approach to a holistic approach. From a singular approach (body) to a body-mind-spirit-emotion approach.  From a ‘curing’ approach to a ‘healing’ approach.  From a maintenance/curing approach to a preventive/wellness approach.  I would love to create and implement art/creativity programs designed to engage patients in the creative process.  Read again “The Science Supporting Creativity in Healthcare” located under ‘Topics’ in the left sidebar.  But would they (medical insurance companies) dare to eat a peach?




 Would YOU dare to eat a peach? 


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