On Site Medical Clinics = Workers Comp Cost Savings
One of the best ways to increase Workers Comp Cost Savings without sacrificing medical care is to use
onsite or near-site medical clinics. Medical control has been one of my Keys To Workers Comp Cost Savings since 1989.
Onsite or near-site medical clinics can lessen the likelihood that a medical only claim will turn into a claim that festers until it results in a large lost time claim.
A recent article on onsite or near-site medical clinics basically proves this premise.
A recently published National Association of Worksite Health Centers’ 2014 Benchmarking Survey noted these results:
- Less than 50% of the companies surveyed actually used this great Workers Comp risk management technique
- 70% of employers providing on-site and near-site clinics said the clinics contributed to improvements in employees’ overall health
- 75% said their employees had become more engaged in work-site health and wellness programs.
- The most important WC figure of all – more than 95% of those employers also said the clinics had at least partially improved employee job satisfaction and productivity
Happy employees that feel well-taken care of by their employers will almost always result in lower numbers of Workers Compensation claims. There are numerous studies that indicate job satisfaction (for some reason) lowers the Workers Comp risk for that employee.
Employers do not have to have a clinic onsite to produce these savings. A local walk-in clinic has been one of my recommendations for years as a way to cut costs. I have performed multiple studies that show significant reductions (up to 75%) with having a walk-in clinic as an initial medical provider.
An industrial-based or industrial-minded walk-in clinic is even better. The communications flow by industrial walk-in clinics are usually significant. Almost all walk-in clinics will even take plant tours so that they understand the work processes at employers.
The bottom line is that a local clinic that provides injured employees with quick high-quality medical care along with a proper information flow can be looked upon as a Workers Comp cost savings partner.
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