Since 2018, 50% of American businesses now offer onsite medical care for employees. This number has continued to rise each year, with the level of care varying based on company size and needs. While onsite healthcare can take many forms and serve companies of all sizes, it's undisputed that its role is at the worksite.
5 Reasons Onsite Healthcare is Booming
Easier Access for Employees
Bringing healthcare to the worksite breaks down any barriers for care. Employees can easily access a provider by walking down the hall at their office. Maintaining good health can seem daunting, but employees have the option to pop in and be seen for anything from acute care treatment to preventative health coaching. There are no copays and employees don’t need to leave work to drive to a doctor’s appointment.
Bringing healthcare to the workplace makes it possible for all employees to have equal access to high-quality care. Employers are eager to implement onsite care options because not only are they providing easier access, but saving money in the long run in hiring, chronic disease, and benefit costs.
2. Renewed Focus on Health after COVID-19
The pandemic altered the importance of employee health, safety and well-being and brought the topic of health to the top of mind for company leaders. Leaders have a better insight on how health conditions impact the workforce and employee productivity. COVID-19 left employees demanding workplace benefits, specifically tied to health. Onsite healthcare is a way for employers to target these demands and keep their workforce healthy.
COVID-19 also re-emphasized the importance of preventative care. With so many individuals suffering from COVID-19 due to underlying conditions, it’s never been more important to identify, assess and manage chronic conditions.
Providing Employee Benefits That Are Less Transactional
In regards to benefits, employees want options that extend beyond extra days of PTO and fiscal rewards. Simultaneously, employers are looking for concierge services with outside management to take the stress out of implementation and management. Onsite healthcare with outside partners is a way to meet both needs. Select a clinic partner who will implement, manage, and facilitate your clinic while providing services that extend beyond transactional benefits.
Bringing wellness to the workplace also allows employers to help their company navigate the ever-evolving and complicated healthcare system.
In anticipation for rising costs, especially those related to healthcare, employers can get ahead by implementing onsite workplace clinics and programs. Workplace wellness programs use biometric screenings to identify chronic conditions that cost employers thousands of dollars per employee.
Onsite healthcare also helps a self-funded employer save on copay costs, lab fees, lost work time, and absenteeism costs. Workplace wellness also gives employees, who aren’t going to want to spend money on healthcare with inflation, more affordable options. Bringing a clinic model to the worksite will reduce potential costs for employees and employers.
Focusing on Preventative Care
Onsite workplace wellness has seen a surge in the last 5 years, as employers recognize the association between chronic conditions and employee productivity. When employees are suffering from symptoms of chronic conditions, they are not able to bring their best selves to work.
Employers have a renewed priority on identifying gaps in preventive care and helping employees become the healthiest version of themselves for both of their benefits.