“The results of the survey indicate positive metrics for on-site health clinics, which have emerged as one of several ways by which employers may provide a more controlled, efficient experience for employees in what many experts consider a "broken" system.” — More employers are turning to on-site health clinics for employee primary care, HR Dive

A new Mercer survey has added more evidence to the growing shift of employers who are moving toward on-site clinics as an integral part of their benefits program. According to the survey, one-third of employers with 5,000 or more employees have general medical worksite clinics. That’s an increase of nearly 10% from the previous survey in 2012.

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More Employers Following Industry Leaders

As healthcare costs continue to rise, employers are looking for creative solutions. On-site clinics offer more control over the delivery mechanisms that provide care to their employees. On-site clinics make sense because of their ability to provide controlled, high-quality, low-cost care that’s easily accessible and highly effective, especially for high-risk populations.

Recent data indicates that more and more employers are turning away from traditional healthcare delivery systems to serve their organizations and employees better. It’s a shift led by industry leaders like Apple, Amazon, and GM. Even more are following suit as they see the successes demonstrated by early adoptees.

Doubling Down On On-Site Clinics

Mercer’s survey also found that on-site clinics are the leading direct contracting healthcare solution. While the number of occupational health clinics has gone down in recent years, an increasing number of employers are focusing on clinics that act as a “patient-centered medical home.”

In just two years, the proportion of employers who offer a medical home-type clinic has gone up from 26% to 35%. Employers aren’t just adding general medical clinics. They’re adding on-site clinics where their employees can go to receive all their primary care and, in some cases, additional services like pharmacy, wellness programs, and health coaching.

For years, employers have fought to balance healthcare costs and quality within a broken system. Now, the data shows that they’re finding a way out.

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