Part-Time vs. Full-Time Onsite Healthcare: What's The Difference?

Onsite healthcare usually takes the form of a program or service provided by an employer in partnership with a vendor at the workplace. Typically, employers will work with these partners to bring a health coach or physical health center to the workplace to serve as a benefit offering to improve employee health. But for many organizations, having a full-time presence at the workplace is a deterrent; it’s either too expensive, doesn’t best suit their population, or they aren’t comfortable buying that level of services. That’s why it’s important to partner with a vendor that can adjust and scale their services to meet your company’s needs.

What does a full-time onsite healthcare program look like?

A full-time onsite healthcare program can consist of a variety of services that the c-Suite provides to their employees to improve their overall health and well-being. Two of the most common services found in these programs are onsite health centers or clinics and health coaches. An onsite health center refers to a physical space, resembling a small doctor’s office, inhabited by a provider at the workplace. This provider treats acute care needs, chronic disease management, Rx prescribing and dispensing, health coaching, care gap management, screenings, blood draws and more.

In comparison, a full-time health coach can either inhabit a physical space at the workplace or telephonically coach employees on their chronic conditions, disease and lifestyle management, navigating the healthcare system, stress, anxiety, tobacco cessation and more. Having a full-time provider in either a health center or coaching setting is a benefit to encourage retention, improve morale and employee’s health, and saves organizational healthcare costs.

Most employers believe that unless their organization has a couple thousand employees, it would be a wasted investment to bring a full-time presence to the workplace. But this isn’t true; there’s no minimum number of employees needed for an organization to invest in onsite healthcare. Most vendor partners can adapt their services to fit any organization size, budget, or location.

Why would an employer opt for a part-time healthcare program?

There are many reasons why a full-time onsite healthcare program doesn’t work for the employer of an organization; maybe they don’t have the resources, the budget, or the readiness level to bring this commitment to their workplace. A part-time workplace healthcare program is a scalable solution to ease these hesitancies.

If an organization has never had a wellness strategy in place, they might be deterred from going from zero to one hundred with a comprehensive, 5-days-a-week program. Finding a vendor with part-time capabilities is a great starting point to gauge how an onsite presence would perform. Part-time services can ease employees into a program and gauge what the utilization would look like. 

Part-time workplace healthcare programs are also great for employers with a small number or spread-out employees. With a part-time center, all that’s adjusted is the hours and days that the provider is working that week; their schedule is spaced out and set to best accommodate an on-the-go workforce in industries like manufacturing, trucking, or transportation. This might be a better commitment level and lower expense for employers new to workplace healthcare.

It’s important to note that part-time capabilities don’t only apply to an onsite center or coach; but vendors like TargetCare can adapt their telephonic services on a part-time scale if needed. This capability ensures that employers can provide a resource to improve the health of their workforce if their employees are always on-the-go or completely remote.

If you’re looking to bring healthcare services to your organization, it’s important to partner with a vendor who can scale their service offerings to best fit your needs, including adapting to a part-time cadence.