Rising healthcare costs. Prevalence of chronic disease. Lack of access to care. These are some of the factors negatively affecting the health of our nation’s workforce.
Many employers – including United Airlines and Facebook – are addressing such issues by facilitating on-site health clinics as an alternative to traditional healthcare delivery systems. The clinics can be a good fit for organizations with a significant number of employees together at one location.
Delivering health care at the workplace offers benefit to both organizations and employees. The services are provided at a fixed cost, eliminating the fee-for-service model that can get in the way of employees receiving the best possible care.
Worksite clinics are an efficient method of detecting and managing chronic diseases. Many employers conduct pre-placement examinations to ensure employees are physically capable of performing job functions without harming themselves or others. During this process, chronic diseases can be identified, leading to intervention and long term management. Providing employees with the opportunity to receive care for acute medical conditions at work can identify resulting medical problems at each stage, reducing the cost of illnesses incurred by both employer and patient.
On-site clinics also provide data that can inform strategies for addressing the population health needs of a group of employees, ensuring that they are in the best possible health for fulfilling their duties – very valuable to the organization. Furthermore, the convenience of an on-site clinic fosters high engagement in wellness programs resulting in better health outcomes. If these preventative measures are employed effectively, the health of specific workforces can greatly improve.