Keep your employees healthy and working
You hire your employees for a reason - you want them to be able to work! According to local benchmarking data, employees who use on-site clinics only miss around 25 minutes of work for a routine checkup. In contrast, visiting a traditional doctor's office can consume over two hours of your employees' time.
A medical clinic at work not only helps to reduce absenteeism, but it can also save your employees money. Partnering with providers and insurers at on-site clinics often means that costs are significantly lower for the people that use them. A typical service, like receiving a strep test for a sore throat, costs 10 times more at an urgent care clinic than at an on-site clinic.
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To help describe other benefits associated with on-site clinics, we talked to Dana Skinner, Director of Operations and Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager for Interra Health, a company based in Brookfield that specializes in on-site clinics.
1) Why are on-site clinics important?
On-site clinics remove barriers to health care for individuals. The first barrier is time - work or travel or even the time it takes to get an appointment - to see a provider. On-site clinics make it more convenient for individuals. If it's more convenient, people are more likely to take advantage of it.
On-site clinics can also remove financial barriers for employers and employees. The way the financial pieces are put together in on-site clinic [models] can make care available without copay or coinsurance. They can be much more cost-effective.
2) How is the care different?
Because they are specifically tied to groups, the providers are given an opportunity to get to know patients and develop a relationship. This helps to improve the overall quality of care. They are also able to put an emphasis on appointment visits; the patient is getting heard and the provider finds out everything they need to know.
3) What do you think employees like about having an on-site clinic?
Feedback that we get is that when you go to a traditional office or clinic, you only get a few minutes with a provider. You feel more like a number. Here [at an on-site clinic], you feel more connected to your providers. You trust them. It's not just whoever was on the schedule that day. That's where the quality piece comes in. You have that good relationship. They know who will be there and the time will be well-spent... Appointments are structured so that providers don't have a time crunch or a quota they have to reach.