With health care costs continuing to rise, more and more employers are looking for a better way to curb these costs for both themselves and their employees. The workforce has become unhappy and unhealthy. Since it is costing more to see a doctor, employees will typically delay seeking treatment. Employers are turning to site clinics to provide easy access to affordable primary care. There are two types of site clinics – On-Site Clinics and Near-Site Clinics.
On-site clinics allow employers to offer medical and wellness services at clinics that are located directly at their companies. These services are delivered by licensed clinical primary care physicians and other licensed practitioners to either all employees or employees that meet eligibility criteria. On-Site Care Clinics offer a wide range of services ranging from general first aid to primary care appointments. The use of these clinics is typically part of employee’s health benefit packages.
Near-site clinics are only slightly different than on-site clinics. Near-site clinics allow the opportunity for multiple employers to establish a clinic for their employees that still offers employees low upfront costs. Near-site clinics offer the same benefits to employers and employees as an on-site clinic would.
Benefits of On-Site and Near-Site Clinics
Care clinics, whether on-site or near-site, are a win-win for employers and employees.
- No cost or low cost treatment
- Convenience – on-site pharmacies, labs, and preventative care
- Same day appointments available
- Personal attention and longer appointments
- Valuable tool for recruiting and retaining employees
- Decreased absenteeism, increased productivity
- Lower costs of provided health care benefits
- Reduced costs of employees using emergency rooms for non-urgent care
- No required revenue margins on top of service and products that are provided to patients at the on-site or near-site clinic
In 2014, the National Association of Worksite Health Centers (NAWHC) Onsite Clinic survey indicated that nearly 75% of companies that used on-site clinics had increased employee engagement in their workplace health programming. As site clinics become more and more popular, employees and employers both have the opportunity to improve the well-being and health of thousands of individuals.
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