Company Doctoring: More Employers Offer On-site Clinics
Nearly 30% of companies with more than 5,000 workers now have on-site or near-site clinics offering some type of primary care, up from 24% in 2013, according to a survey this year by benefits consultant Mercer. In addition to serving employees, some clinics also treat workers’ families. Many of these facilities include fitness centers with exercise equipment. These services often are provided without charge to employees.
United Airlines uses data on the types of injuries the clinics are treating to spot trends and improve its safety training. “We can see what body parts to focus on out on the ramp,” said Terry Werber, the airline’s manager for the on-site clinics.
More than a dozen companies have started worksite clinics for employers. Marathon Health now operates 140 on-site clinics in 38 states. Another large firm in this niche is Brentwood, Tenn.-based Premise Health, created last year by the merger of Walgreens’ Take Care Employer Solutions division and CHS Health Services. It operates more than 500 on-site health clinics, pharmacies and fitness centers in 46 states.