These clinics reflect how business owners want to save as health care spending continues to rise, pushing up premiums. For a family plan in 2019, the average annual health insurance premium alone cost
For 2019, that includes
The clinics help "medically homeless" employees who don't have a relationship with a specific health care provider.
"So with an on-site or near-site clinic, you can build those relationships with your workforce and a primary care physician," McGohan said.
These clinics can be too expensive for a small employer to justify, but can be a money saver for a large employer with a workforce concentrated in one area, McGohan said.
He said he's also starting to see multiple businesses banding together to share a clinic.
Seven businesses in
Employer Direct Care is a private health clinic accessible to only the employees and families of the seven companies who bought into the closed network consortium. These employers share the operating costs of the clinic.
"Companies are attracted to this innovative care model as a way to control healthcare spending growth, boost workforce productivity, and improve the hiring and retention of employees," the seven businesses said in a joint statement.
The clinic is close to all the employers' worksites. Employees and families will have access to primary care, prescriptions, diagnostic testing and occupational health in a timely and cost-effective manner. The clinic will also offer wellness services to help employees with healthy lifestyle goals or address chronic conditions.
The city of
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