According to a 2012 research study by the Integrated Benefits Institute, which represents leading U.S. employers and business groups, poor health costs the U.S. economy $576 billion a year, with $227 billion resulting from “lost productivity” due to illnesses. Therefore, as healthcare costs continue to rise, organizations are seeking new ways to control health-related losses and keep their workforce healthy. One key solution that employers are now investing in is an onsite clinic for their employees.
What is an Onsite Health Clinic?
An onsite health clinic, also known as a worksite clinic, is exactly as both terms imply: it’s a health facility that is located in or near the workplace. An onsite clinic offers medical and wellness services through a group of licensed providers, usually physicians or nurses from established health companies like U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, who serve as the primary care providers of employees and the employees’ dependents. Onsite clinics may provide flu shots, lab work, and prescriptions for generic drugs.
In fact, since 2011, the prevalence of onsite clinic for businesses with over 5,000 employees increased from 32% to 37%. Further, another 15% of companies are already making plans to add an onsite clinic to their business premises in the next two years. As a business owner, what does an onsite clinic mean to your operations and bottom line?
Ways in Which Onsite Clinics Provide Savings
Convenient access to health care services
With an onsite clinic in the workplace, employees need not take several hours or a day off from work just to travel and wait to see healthcare providers and obtain the necessary medications. This increase in primary care exposure, which is healthcare at the basic level, significantly lowers overall healthcare costs.
Boost in productivity through less absenteeism or sick days
As mentioned above, employees taking time off from work, or those working while ill, do not serve the company well, specifically in terms of productivity and profit. Companies that provide low or no-cost treatment as well as wellness services to their employees can lessen the severity of common illnesses, reduce the impact of chronic conditions, and improve medication compliance of employees, thereby leading to better outcomes both for the health of employees and for the accomplishment of the business’ goals.
U.S. Workforce Illness Costs $576B Annually From Sick Days To Workers Compensation, Forbes.com, September 12, 2012
Daniel K. Ross: 5 Ways Worksite Clinics Facilitate Savings, Health Sprocket, May 06, 2014