Employer’s often find providing access to healthcare services for their employees key to attracting or retaining the best talent. Now, employers are seeing a new advantage to offering even better healthcare access – reduced costs and healthier employees.
Onsite healthcare clinics are becoming increasingly popular amongst employers who offer any type of healthcare benefits to their workforce. Traditionally, onsite clinics have been seen amongst larger organizations, the concept of on-site healthcare providing first aid and urgent care to treat worksite injuries has been shifted toward a broader corporate wellness strategy and applied to smaller scaled businesses.
The Need for Onsite Clinics
In light of healthcare reform, onsite clinics are increasingly being recognized by employers of all sizes as a valuable benefit to reduce costs and absenteeism, while serving as the hub to integrate all worksite programs, and increase employee health and satisfaction.
A 2013 National Business Group on Health survey found that 44% of employers (those with more than 5,000 employees) currently have on-site clinics and 9% are considering them.
As for reason’s why so many employers are now taking to the onsite clinic concept?
- 67% cite employees’ poor health habits as the single greatest challenge to managing healthcare costs, thereby creating a strong need to broaden engagement and proactive strategies.
- 62% of companies build on-site clinics to enhance worker productivity,
- 57% to reduce medical costs,
- 48% to create a center of health to better integrate health productivity efforts, and
- 46% to improve access to care.
Stimulating a healthy organization...
Currently, the greatest return for clinical value is being seen amongst employers who experience high emergency room use for non-emergency conditions, show high levels of lost time from unscheduled medical issues, or have covered populations that show low utilization of existing primary care, preventive screenings or condition management programs and services.
According to the National Association of Workplace Health Centers, on-site clinics have yielded the following results:
- 64% saw a reduction in medical care costs
- 70% realized reduced time lost by employees leaving work to see outside medical providers
- 63% had reduced use of the emergency room.
Acute care, emergency or first aid, preventive and wellness services have remained among the top services being utilized or accessed via onsite clinics. Telemedicine has also become an emerging trend for many onsite clinics. Additionally, over 30% of onsite clinics now provide primary care services and this number is expected to grow in the future.
For an employee whose typical day doesn’t include time to a see a physician or have limited personal time off, onsite clinics can help ease access to preventive care. The introduction of an onsite clinic can sometimes save up to two or more hours of work time and reduce absenteeism while increasing productivity. In light of these improvements to work ethic and efficiency, corporations are now viewing onsite clinics as being on par with cafeterias or fitness centers.
The importance of providing access to such care can play a key role for Self-Funded employers. Coupled with an innovative wellness plan and other resources for employees, onsite clinics are another source of control of your employee’s good-health and can reduce spending on unnecessary claims.
To learn more about the flexibility provided by a self-funded health plan or how unique wellness options can add greater control, download our Self-Funding brochure here or contact one of our Benefits Advisors via firstname.lastname@example.org