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Corporate Clinics: Creating a New Culture of Care in the United States

Posted on: August 20, 2014

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Editor's note: the following was originally posted in August 2014, and updated in April 2019.

On average, Americans will spend more than 90,000 hours of their lives at work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A healthy workplace environment is therefore vital to a productive and happy workforce. Companies such as Toyota and Walgreens are finding benefits in transitioning to on-site clinics, which bring a full range of medical care directly to employees, including primary and preventative healthcare, pharmacists, and dentists.

Such on-site clinics have numerous benefits, including lower insurance costs, improved health and job satisfaction, and increased productivity. Intel executives told Fortune.com, “With no drive time to appointments, no long waits and no rushed visits with physicians, workers are more likely to actually get to the doctor. And hopefully that can prevent more serious — and costly — diseases like diabetes and heart disease.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that personal and family health problems result in a loss of productivity equal to $1,685 per employee per year, or $225.8 billion annually on average. In the short term, employers can expect to see greater control over direct costs, such as “specialist visits, non-generic prescriptions, and emergency department visits.” When Toyota opened a $9 million corporate clinic in 2007, it saw a “33 percent decline in referrals to specialists plus a 25 percent reduction in urgent care and emergency visits,” according to ManagedCareMag.com.

In the long run, and perhaps more importantly, corporate clinics can help to establish new healthcare policies and wellness programs promoting healthy lifestyle choices for their employees. Such programs would help to manage long-term healthcare spending by preventing and treating chronic illnesses and by creating a culture of health in the United States in which employers, employees, and communities would benefit.

As corporate clinics continue to expand, Barton Associates is positioned to provide short- and long-term locum tenens staffing coverage. 

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