Job-based clinics pay off | The Tennessean

Posted by Amelia Ehrens on May 24, 2012 2:40:00 PM

Employers, employees save on health costs; productivity improves

By: Tom Wilemon

When Brooks O’Brien burned his arm with hot cooking oil during a weekend at home, he went to work for medical treatment.

He drove to Opryland, where Gaylord Entertainment opened a health clinic for its 4,500 employees this year.

“It’s super-duper convenient,” he said.

O’Brien didn’t have to pay for anything. Even so, Gaylord saved money. Providing the benefit is cheaper than picking up the tab for a visit to an emergency room. Workplace clinics also save employers money on routine procedures, such as blood panel tests. By 2015, these clinics are projected to serve 10 percent of the American population under the age of 65, according to a report from Fuld & Co., a consultant for Fortune 500 corporations and other large employers…

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A study recently conducted by the Government Finance Officers Association notes that employers generally save $1.60 to $4 for every dollar they invest in a clinic. Besides saving on health-care costs, the clinics help reduce absenteeism. A worker does not have to take an entire day off for a doctor’s appointment.

Gaylord employees still have the right to see whatever doctor they choose, but all preventive care services are provided on-site for free. If an employee goes to the clinic for a sore throat, the visit could be free if that worker is on Gaylord’s traditional health plan. A minimal copay is charged if the worker opts for the company’s high-deductible plan.

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