On-site, Near Site, Off-site, No Site
What was once reserved for mega corporations is now finding a niche in the mid-market segment. On-site clinics offer services at the workplace beyond occupational health services, and vendors are getting creative in how to deploy clinics for mid-size organizations (500-5,000 employees). Some of the many benefits of an on-site clinic include:
- Better management of chronic conditions & adherence to medication
- Reinforcement of the organization’s health & wellness culture
- Earlier treatment of certain injuries or illnesses
- Reduced absenteeism as employees won’t need to take as much time off work for Dr. appointments
- Fewer urgent care or ER visits
- Recruiting & retention tool
On-site clinics can be structured with full-time or part-time hours and the cost will vary significantly depending on the staffing arrangement – physician-led, staffed with a registered nurse, nurse practitioner and even additional service providers such as a chiropractor, physical therapist, dietitian, etc.
Although this service can be extremely beneficial and cost-saving, there are 5 things to consider prior to committing to an on-site clinic:
- Space – clinics require designated space with some specifications (running water, etc.)
- Utilization – want to ensure utilization will be high within the clinic
- Equal services – clinics are unable to serve all employees equally when a company has multiple locations but would only offer the clinic at one site
- Funding arrangement – self-funded employers are much more likely to realize the true cost benefits of an on-site clinic over fully insured employers
- Near site clinics – smaller organizations are banding together to share on-site services with nearby employers
As you can see, there are a lot of moving pieces involved with exploring and setting up an on-site clinic, but the benefits can be huge (studies suggest up to a 4:1 ROI on average).
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