As healthcare costs continue to rise, many organizations are seeking innovative ways to reduce spending while assisting employees in attaining an optimal level of well-being. Onsite and near-site clinics have become a popular option for achieving these goals, particularly among larger employers, but small and mid-size companies often feel that they may not have enough employees, or enough physical space, to benefit from a workplace clinic. Fortunately for these employers, a new onsite clinic model—dubbed the shared clinic model—has recently emerged.
Shared clinics allow several organizations to work together to increase healthcare access for their employees. Typically, one to four mid-size companies serve as “anchor” employers, and may be joined by a number of smaller employers. Using the shared clinic model, member organizations can maximize their onsite clinic ROI and increase the value offered to their employees by splitting start-up and operating costs.
For companies who operate in major metropolitan areas, space often comes at a premium. Many urban organizations of all sizes recognize the numerous health and financial benefits that onsite clinics offer, but simply don’t have the physical capacity to support a devoted onsite clinic. The shared clinic model can be a great solution for these employers, as well. For example, several companies who share an office building may decide to save both money and space by establishing a clinic together.
Choosing the shared clinic model can result in increased value to employees, as well. While many small to medium-size organizations may not have the ability to offer an onsite clinic on their own, partnering with other organizations to provide this benefit can have the effect of increasing healthcare access for employees. The shared clinic model has had success in both the private and public sectors. For example, a clinic located in a downtown government center can offer convenient access to employees of multiple public entities such as cities, counties, states, municipal school boards, etc.
Shared clinics are convenient, affordable, and easily accessible, so they remove many of the barriers to healthcare commonly experienced by employees, particularly those in crowded metropolitan areas. And because healthy employees tend to be more productive and have decreased levels of absenteeism, the employer’s bottom line also benefits from the shared clinic model.
While partnering with an expert is a good idea for any organization planning to bring healthcare onsite, this step is particularly crucial for employers who are considering implementing the shared clinic model. Healthcare wants and needs can vary significantly among employers, and the range of services offered at onsite clinics can be vast. Working with an onsite health and wellness solution provider can ensure that the needs of each member organization are fully met, and that the shared clinic initiative is a success. An onsite health and wellness solution provider can also assist employers in tailoring clinic services to their employees. For example, organizations with a large percentage of employees who suffer from a chronic disease such as diabetes may choose to offer a chronic disease management program at their shared clinic.
At Healthstat, we excel in providing health and wellness solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of each organization—including innovative onsite solutions for smaller employers and those in metropolitan areas, such as shared clinics. Onsite healthcare can be your employees’ most valuable benefit. Email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (704)936-5577.