From the Walt Disney Co. and American Express to Toyota and General Mills, large companies have long been reaping the benefits of employee health clinics. And now, the public sector is understanding the value of bringing the doctor to work like never before.
As municipalities try to address the cost of care and better manage taxpayer money, officials are finding on-site clinics as a proven solution to reducing the cost without compromising care.
Many cities and school districts, for example, have opened clinics that provide everything from checkups and flu shots to comprehensive chronic disease management. Even select medications, primarily generic, are free to employees who visit the clinic rather than the primary care physician paid through traditional coverage. The result? Fewer long-term health problems and reduced costs for the employer and employee.
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