Physician Health Programs (PHPs): The Ford Granada of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and Stuntman Mike is at the wheel.

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 8.50.56 PMWhat is being touted as “gold standard” and “cream of the crop” is on closer inspection iron pyrite and curdled spit up.  I am reminded of the commercials comparing a Granada to a Mercedes when I was a kid.  I remember these commercials  well as I couldn’t wrap my head around them.  In one, as I remember it, two couples arrive at their parked adjacent cars with keys in hand. The Mercedes tries to open the door of the Granada and vice versa.  “How is this scenario even possible?” I remember thinking. Had they been drinking?    Is this related to “this is your brain on drugs or that old guy in the miracle ear commercial who looks confused when the waiter asks his salad dressing preference and his companion yells at him “he said do you want Italian, thousand island or vinaigrette?”  How could anyone in a right state of mind  confuse a Ford Granada with a Mercedes 450SE?

PHPs are not the Mercedes of EAPs but the jalopy with no breaks and broken steering of EAPs with Stuntman Mike from Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof at the wheel.

Like smoke alarms and air bags,  EAPs are not in the forefront most peoples minds until they need them and like smoke alarms and air bags they usually work just fine for most people. Discerning and scrutinizing one’s EAP is not a common thing.  If your EAP was replaced by the PHP model you probably wouldn’t even know it. That is why this needs to be on your radar. Caveat emptor.  Forewarned is forearmed.

Source: Physician Health Programs (PHPs): The Ford Granada of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and Stuntman Mike is at the wheel.

 

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