Employers of all sizes are considering onsite and near-site healthcare as a method to expand access to care, while providing their workforce with the same great quality of care they’re used to. According to the National Business Group on Health, it is estimated that nearly 2 out of 3 large companies offered onsite and near-site health centers in 2020. In this blog, we’ll discuss the benefits of onsite and near-site facilities and why you should consider adopting this model moving forward.
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Unlike most things, healthcare services have an inverse relationship between cost and quality: the better the quality, the lower the cost. Unfortunately, the current health benefits market is completely opaque and lacking any meaningful, realistic transparency. Additionally, we have always been taught that easy = better when designing health benefits programs for employers and their employees. However, the cost and quality of healthcare can vary dramatically within the same city. Utilization Management for example, where your members access healthcare, is one of the single most important additions to your health plan design.
Managing the costs related to health benefits is crucial to your executive team, as well as your bottom line. A study performed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that over 85% of health care spend can be associated with chronic disease. Onsite clinics allow employees to manage both chronic and acute illnesses, reducing the need for expensive operations in the long term.
With a health center onsite or near the workplace, employees are provided with a convenient option to receive care. Rather than spending hours traveling to and from a clinic, your full-time workers are better able to fit appointments into their already busy work schedule. According to CDC data, approximately 158 billion dollars in productivity is lost every year due to employee sick days. Establishing onsite health clinics will lead to the better overall health of the workforce, while drastically reducing employee absenteeism related to medical care over time.
Improved Company Culture
In the current climate, job seekers are not only comparing salaries between potential employers – company culture plays a massive role in their final decision. Creating a culture of health can also help you retain top talent as well. 80% of employees would prefer better health benefits over an increase in pay. Investing in healthcare through onsite clinics will strengthen company culture and establish your brand as one that is concerned with the health of their employees.
Numbers don’t lie – the statistics prove that companies who decide to implement onsite and near-site health clinics for their full-time workers save money and improve the overall morale of their entire workforce. These benefits aren’t only seen on your balance sheet, but the everyday environment of the workplace overall. When contemplating ways to expand access to care for your employees, onsite clinics are a clear winner for the betterment of all parties involved.