Discussion

1. Should employers penalize employees for smoking behaviors and weight conditions that increase employers health care costs, or should employers just bear these costs to attract efficient employers?
2. Given that treating early manifestations of disease is far less expensive than treating the chronic health conditions that result from long-term tobacco smoking and obesity, how can the value of preventive self-care be raised so that employees will set priorities for their own health and see healthy lifestyles as a moral obligation? The question is asking for your administrative creativity in organizational policy-making.
3. Explain how the status quo been institutionalized and wage inequality obfuscated in the healthcare industry, the fact of which has led to the healthcare industry become more unionized.
4. Eliminating contingent workers will cost the healthcare industry billions of dollars, and some of this burden will fall on privately insured patients as well as government insurance programs. Is it more important to have full-time salaried employees earning living wages with health insurance and pension benefit, or it is more important to keep health cost reasonable for patients? What is your view?