It seems as if Aetna President and CEO Mark Bertolini would rather skip a visit to the doctor. The chief executive of the Hartford, Conn.-based health insurer has been talking up his devotion to meditation and yoga.
At SXSW in March, a blogger wrote about Bertolini discussing the role of meditation in his health regimen. And, just last week, a Kaiser Health News reporter tweeted from the World Health Care Congress Conference: “Aetna CEO says yoga, beta chanting and acupuncture work for him—no docs needed.”
Attention to the role that meditation and yoga can play in reducing stress and improving health has even made its way into Aetna's business. Last year, the insurer released the results from a study that enrolled about 240 employees in a mind-body stress reduction program to analyze the effect on healthcare costs and stress levels.
“Helping people take control of their health is a critical step in achieving better health and reducing the cost of healthcare,” he said in a news release at the time.