Back in the old days, way back before health insurance, the railroads and big chemical companies in Texas had their own physicians on site. The "company doctors" kept the workers on the job and at least reasonably healthy.
Fast forward a century to a time when most large businesses routinely provide health care coverage for their employees. Costs are rising. And sick or injured workers have to take time off to see the doctor. It's back to the future for the company doc.
As reported in October's issue of Texas Medicine, worksite wellness clinics are gaining popularity among many large corporations for their potential to lower health care costs and reduce employee absences. Rather than pay for each employee to visit a separate primary care physician, employers are contracting with medical groups that set up primary care clinics at the workplace. One recent report says worksite clinics allow employers more control over direct medical spending by reducing needless emergency department visits, increasing employees' on-the-job hours, and giving companies the ability to contract with specialty groups willing to exchange discounts for patient volume.
There are benefits for the physicians, as well. Travis Bias, DO, left his private practice in Pflugerville and began working for Crossover Health, a California-based organization that provides worksite primary care across the country. Through Crossover, Dr. Bias practices at a company in Northwest Austin, which asked not to be identified. Dr. Bias says in private practice he often felt rushed, and he was unable to educate patients as much as he would've liked. Now, he says, he sees half the number of patients in a day, and his average appointment time is longer.
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Action, Oct. 15, 2014
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