Saturday, January 10, 2009

Survey Says Worksite Clinics Gaining in Popularity

A new report details how worksite clinics are gaining in popularity in the US. The survey, by Mercer LLC, also found that 14 percent of these clinics are providing primary care to workers. The growing expense of health care plans is cited as one of the main reasons for this increased dependence.

Perhaps, the most telling part of the study was the services that the companies are considering to add.

The services that the greatest number of respondents said they were considering adding to their clinic offerings were health screenings (71%), immunizations (61%), urgent care for nonoccupational injuries (56%) and chronic disease management (50%).

Though this is a US study, it's interesting to see that the trend towards more onsite facilities is taking hold. Many of these findings at the US-level could be applied to Indian companies. After all, it was not that long ago that large manufacturing companies in the US and other parts of the developed world provided such services to their employees before the onset of managed care in the 1970s.

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