December 3, 2012 | By Don Worthington
The number of on-site clinics nationally is expected to dramatically grow. A study by Fuld + Co., a Boston, Mass.-based research firm, estimated that by 2015 there could by 7,000 on-site clinics. Fuld + Co. estimates 10 percent of the U.S. population under age 65 will have its health-care needs met by employer on-site clinics by 2015.
Managing health care costs was a reason Springs Creative, Red Venture and the city of Rock Hill opted for on-site care.
Springs Creative looked at what was affecting its medical expenses and insurance claims, Guilliams said. Care for diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases has driven up health care costs dramatically. Companies have found that the sooner a chronic disease is diagnosed, the greater the likelihood that long-term disease management costs can be reduced.
Effective on-site healthcare can reduce employers healthcare costs by 10 to 30 percent, according to Fuld + Co. On-site care can also improve worker productivity. Several studies suggest that companies lose as much as 15 percent of productivity daily because of ill employees seeking health care.
The program can also result in employee savings. Services at the city of Rock Hill’s clinic will be offered at no cost to employees and their spouses and children who are covered by the city’s health plan.
“It was a conscious decision for it to be free. We want to encourage employees to go there,” said Gerry Shapiro, an assistant city manager.
How effective on-site clinics are, in part, rests with a company’s culture, said Betsy Hayden, director of Corporate Health & Wellness for Carolinas HealthCare Systems. “You want your health care provider imbedded into your business culture,” she said.
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