Controlling health-care spending top objective of workplace clinics: survey

Of those who deemed the onsite or near-site medical clinic as successful, more than three-quarters said it has done well in regards to employee satisfaction (83 per cent) and utilization (78 per cent). Other areas of success included increasing engagement in wellness programs (63 per cent), helping members manage chronic conditions (60 per cent), as well as reducing modifiable health risks (58 per cent) and lost work days (48 per cent).

A large majority (89 per cent) of employers cited a better control of health-care spending as the top reason for having workplace medical clinics, according to a new survey by Mercer and the National Association of Worksite Health Centers. The survey, which queried 121 U.S. employers offering onsite or near-site medical clinics, found 84 per cent of respondents said the top objective of these clinics is reducing employee health risk, followed by reducing absenteeism and presenteeism (76 per cent) and increasing employee productivity (75 per cent).

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“Employers are becoming more directly involved in shaping the health-care market and improving their employees’ health,” said Carly Deer, board chair of the National Association of Worksite Health Centers and senior benefits leader at Target Corp., in a news release. “Properly structured onsite medical facilities can create a foundation of primary care and associated services that can assist moving care upstream, which can help improve outcomes, manage cost and increase productivity.”

 

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SOURCE: https://www.benefitscanada.com/news/controlling-health-care-spending-top-objective-of-workplace-clinics-survey-121395

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