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Subject: On-site medical clinics sponsored by employers for workers and their families
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: mike_lapenna-ga
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Posted: 17 Sep 2006 15:24 PDT
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Question ID: 766141
I would like a bibliography of articles relating to, or referencing,
on-site employer sponsored health care clinics for employees and their
families. I would expect that the answer would contain several WEB
references to URL's locating the articles.  I am not interested in
worker's comp or in occupational medicine -- only in those references
related to primary care for the employee and the beneficiaries.  These
companies are generally self-insured.
Subject: Re: On-site medical clinics sponsored by employers for workers and their families
Answered By: umiat-ga on 18 Sep 2006 13:25 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello, mike_lapenna-ga! 

 I have compiled a number of references for you about company on-site
health clinics that should prove helpful.


A survey by Watson Wayatt finds that 22% of large employers offer
in-house clinics and another 5% intend to offer the service by 2007.

"More Companies Opening In-House Clinics for Employees To Help Reduce
Health Costs." Medical News Today. 09/08/06

 A "combination of both definable and intangible savings are driving
more companies to open medical clinics to cope with ever-rising health
care costs," the AP/Houston Chronicle reports. According to the
AP/Chronicle, savings for companies come from lower doctor fees in
addition to improved worker health because the "clinic's proximity
encourages employees to visit doctors and fosters better care of
conditions that can be especially expensive to treat when ignored."
David Beech, a health care consultant at Watson Wyatt Worldwide, said
companies with clinics find that their employees make one-third fewer
visits to specialists and one-quarter fewer trips to urgent care
centers. A recent Watson Wyatt survey finds that 22% of large
employers offer the in-house clinics and that another 5% are planning
to offer the service by the end of 2007. According to Evelyne Steward,
vice president of Global Work/Life for Discovery Communications,
Discovery paid about $200,000 to set up a clinic, which results in
about $500,000 in savings annually, mainly because of lower doctors'
costs. A physical at a company clinic costs a company about $153,
compared with a private doctor's visit at about $243. James Hummer,
president and CEO of Whole Health -- which specializes in operating
such clinics -- said doctor costs are lower because the physicians do
not have to pay for the office and staff or handle insurance claims.
In addition, companies save money because employees do not have to
take time off to see the doctor, which boosts productivity. However,
some companies are reluctant to offer the on-site health service
because it can be difficult to put a monetary value on saved time and
prevented illnesses, Hummer said. Beech said there is a "massive
amount" of interest in company-owned clinics, adding, "This is a way
for companies to have more of a direct impact on costs" (Agovino,
AP/Houston Chronicle, 9/7).


"Companies turn to in-house clinics to curb health costs," By Theresa
Agovino, The Associated Press.  September 08, 2006


The following lengthy article is very good:

"The Doctor Is In-House - The company doctor is back, helping workers
remain healthy and employers reduce health care costs," By Susan J.
Wells. HR Magazine.  April 2006. Vol. 51, No. 4

"Reminiscent of the "company doctor" of years past, today?s trend of
providing on-site medical care is building rapidly, experts say,
spurred largely by the fact that these on-site facilities enable
employers to better manage - and even scale back the growth rate of -
their health care expenses.

"I think it?s a modern model that is indeed proving to be
cost-effective," says Sean Sullivan, president, CEO and co-founder of
the Institute for Health and Productivity Management, a nonprofit
corporation in Scottsdale, Ariz., that works to link employee health
to corporate performance. "Not only does it pick up health issues
earlier, but it doesn?t require time away from work and at the same
time creates a culture of caring."

Read entire article...


Absenteeism, While Emphasizing Wellness."

"While other companies are struggling to contain health care costs,
one of America?s biggest printing companies, Quad/Graphics, has
created a new model for health care: a fully self-insured health care
system for employees that has slashed the company?s health care costs,
reduced morbidity and absenteeism and demonstrably increased employee
wellness. The total cost of care for Quad/Graphics employees is 20%
below the benchmark for Midwestern companies. Quad/Graphics spends
about $6,500 per employee on health care, compared with its
mid-Western peers, who spend over $9,000 per employee on average."

"Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for
Clinical Chemistry (AACC) in Chicago, IL on Tuesday, July 25, Dr. Len
Quadracci of Quad/Graphics detailed the company?s revolutionary
Quad/Med program, which provides primary, pediatric, gynecologic and
other care on-site in company-run clinics that include onsite
pharmacy, x-ray and laboratory services, comprehensive company
programs to combat childhood and adult obesity, rehabilitation
services and other initiatives. The emphasis is on wellness, not just
on treating illnesses."

Read further...


SCOTTS MIRACLE-GRO COMPANY - New facility provides total health and
wellness solution to employees at lawn & garden leader?s
headquarters." Whole Health. December 12, 2005

"Whole Health Management, a leading operator of onsite health clinics,
wellness and fitness centers for large self-insured corporations, and
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, the world?s largest marketer of
branded consumer lawn and garden products, announce the opening of the
Scotts Wellness Center at ScottsMiracle-Gro?s world headquarters in
Marysville, Ohio. A state-of-the-art, 24,000 square-foot health and
fitness facility, the Scotts Wellness Center provides convenient,
quality health services to ScottsMiracle-Gro
associates. The center represents ScottsMiracle-Gro?s commitment to
the health and well-being of its associates."

Read more....


Case Study - Discovery Communications

"Business Need: Become one of the healthiest companies while also
managing health care expenses." Whole Health

"The Discovery Wellness and Health Center was launched in July 2004
and although it was initially set up for walk-in treatments, many
employees have since established relationships with the medical staff
and have begun using the wellness center doctor as their primary care
physician. The Discovery Wellness and Health Center has also
established a great reputation for tending to emergencies immediately,
providing short waiting times and the flexibility to reschedule at a
moment?s notice."

"Although the center is only available to employees at this time,
Discovery is considering "Family Days" to accommodate spouses and
teenage children for physical examinations."

Read further....


Innovative Benefit to Help Employees Maintain Healthy Lifestyle,
Work/life Balance." September 2004

"Starting this week, employees at Freddie Mac (FRE: NYSE), one of the
nation's largest investors in residential mortgages, will have access
to a flexible and convenient health care service at the company's new
on-site health center. Located at Freddie Mac's headquarters in
McLean, VA, the new health center - called the Freddie Mac Wellness
Center - will be open five days a week during normal business hours to
accommodate employees' work schedules at no cost to them."

"Hager added: "By providing easier access to preventative care and
other minor treatments, we anticipate that over the next 12 to 18
months, the company will realize substantial cost savings. We also
anticipate that this benefit will help minimize direct health and
medical costs and increase productivity among employees."

"The Wellness Center will provide a majority of health and wellness
services including treatments of minor injuries and illnesses,
immunizations including allergy and flu shots, blood pressure and
cholesterol screenings, throat cultures, urinalysis,
electrocardiograms, hearing and vision tests, laboratory testing
including thyroid function and complete blood count and PSA tests,
medical and specialized referrals, and nutritional counseling. The
Wellness Center is a supplement to the current medical plans provided
by Freddie Mac and is not intended to replace services provided by
employee's primary care physician."


"Free On-site Health Clinic Raises Morale." APA Practice. 2003.

"ARUP Laboratories' free on-site clinic has done more than keep its
employees healthy -- it has kept the company healthy, too, by raising
employee morale and retention. The clinic is part of this Utah-based
company's extraordinary benefit plan available to all employees who
work more than 20 hours per week, their eligible dependents and
domestic partners."



"Clinics treat workers, trim companies? costs," By Brian O?Connell.
Chicago Times. 2004


"Employers' Stock in Wellness Rises With No End in Sight," By Martin Sipkoff.

**  See "Pitney Bowes wellness program leads the way." **

"The company also has seven onsite medical clinics (used by about 73
percent of employees at the sites, resulting in 35,000 annual


"Healthy workplace vision pays dividends - Onsite care helps stabilize
costs," By Mike Dempster - Business Edge. Published: 09/29/2005 - Vol.
1, No. 2


 I hope these articles help!



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mike_lapenna-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
VEry quick response, well researched and exactly on-point.  I would
certainly recommend this researcher to others.

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