The Financial Aspect of Health

Our finances can impact our health.

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Typically when we think of our health, our finances – are not the first thing that comes to mind. However, we believe one’s financial health is connected to a person’s whole well-being.

Sophus Health creates its employee health programs around education in the 5 Aspects of Health – Physical, Financial, Spiritual, Relational and Self Health. Today we are going to look more closely at the aspect of Financial Health and its impact on our well-being.

We come into our adult relationship to money with ideas collected from the people with whom we grew up, our early experiences and the media’s interpretation of what money will do for us. Early successes or challenges with managing our finances also shape our idea of the meaning of money in our lives.  When our Financial Health is good we are apt to feel good about our self (another aspect of health) and likely, when our Financial Health is poor, a person is more likely to feel poorly about their self, which can lead to poor relational and/or physical health. The 5 Aspects of Health are all connected to and related to each other.

We can change our conditioning and create a future that does not mirror our past. When we understand the more complex role of money in our lives, then we can begin to exert control over it. When we help people understand what they truly want – they are then empowered to use money as a tool for bringing about and maintaining financial health. Education is a key element of empowerment.

Sophus Health has methods and resources available to address Financial Health as part of employers’ overall healthcare programs, because employee health is reflective of the health of the company, and your success is reflective of ours.  Let’s talk about this and prepare to prosper.


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Why are healthcare costs SO HIGH?

Why is U.S. healthcare so costly?

If you’ve just landed here it is because you too are wondering WHY healthcare costs in the U.S. are so expensive and keep rising. You are here because you want to know exactly what factors are driving these costs. We think John from vlogbrothers on youtube does a nice job explaining why health care costs are so high while using light humor in this video.


Our goal as a company is to use as many resources as we have up our sleeves to save companies and members money on health care costs from as many angles as possible. If your company has not yet considered partially self-funding your health benefits, perhaps now is the time.  Read more about self-funded health insurance here!

Authentic Wellness in Healthcare

True to one's own personality, spirit, or character.

Looking for a more authentic approach to healthcare?


Looks like wellness is now sexy in the insurance industry. It’s as though insurance companies and brokers have always known and cared for the well-being of their policy holders. 

But, the reality is that health insurance has been at best passive and mostly denying people’s access to preventive measures until forced to change by legislation and public outcry. For years policies specifically restricted wellness care, bypassing far less expensive care with excellent long term results. It is being acknowledged now that up to 80% of dollars spent emanated from lifestyle growing into chronic concerns. So now the carriers are the wellness heroes, but many of the people who sell and service insurance products are still untrained in health, education and economics. They are still selling “products” with the addition of a new “cost item” tacked on conventional health insurance, resulting in a new profit center for their firms.

But, as though a bolt of insight came down from the sky, wellness appears to always have been a part of healthcare including no-cost preventive benefits. Now everyone can have a pedometer, walk 10,000 steps and discounts to purchase weight controlling foods. We now can reward “good” behavior and penalize the “bad.” As long as wellness follows these mechanistic formulas and is dependent on short sighted, short lived results, we will have escalating costs with rampant ill health.



Authentic wellness, and I struggle to use the word, should be the foundation of a health program that is dynamic and caring –  not an add on with new costs, but the lead in a new/ancient way of thinking that knows we change from a deep well inside that is well. This means we cannot keep seeing people as commodities and consumers of health, but as sacred and complex beings longing to be well.

We believe that it is long overdue for a model of healthcare that is based on whole person thinking, being there to guide and offer tools, resources and care for the on-going journey toward walking a life of balance. This means learning is at the core, not claims or blame, and it means supporting people to be partners not victims in their life. Costs go down when people are actually engaged in their well-being. This has been proven over and over at the firms who have taken ownership of their health programs, using smart financing based on lifestyle management, bringing in the aspects of our life that contribute to our successful navigation.

Sophus Health was founded on these ideas and together with our clients works to bring smart health programs to employees and their families – with real wellness as an integral part not an add on.

We welcome your thoughts and feedback on the state of health and wellness.


Sophus – Healthcare is Different Here


- things look different here.

Oregon used to have a tagline that no one really understood. “Things look different here.”

It’s true. But kind of hard to wrap your mind around.

I’m starting to understand where they were coming from. How do you describe something that’s so different from everything else? That’s where we are with Sophus Health.

Here’s what I really want you to know: I created Sophus Health to bring true, authentic relationships to health and well-being. As in any nurturing relationship, this includes caring, sharing, love and truth. We create heart-based healthcare programs. Ones that brings high touch, not just high tech. This is our bottom line.

After meeting one of our valued clients for the first time and talking with their director heart-to-heart for 20 minutes, he looked in my eyes and said “Are you real?” I assured him I was and that what I told him about Sophus Health was all true. He smiled and gave me a hug.

We’re real. We’re creating real relationships and providing the kind of healthcare you’ve been seeking. I welcome the opportunity to have this conversation with you.

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