A Thorough Examination of Medical Clinics
Who's on call: An M.D., plus nurse practitioners or medical assistants.
Services offered: Standard care for problems like a lingering cough, as well as wellness programs for weight management, diabetes, and smoking cessation that complement your employer’s health-insurance plan.
The details: With care just an elevator ride away, it’s easy to walk in and be back at your desk within a half hour. That makes workplace clinics an appealing option not just for you but also for your employer, who benefits from increased productivity and reduced health-insurance costs. “We can expect to see office-based clinics become a significant part of the medical-care system,” says Patti Friedman, a senior consultant at Towers Watson, a professional-services company in New York City. In fact, one in three large-scale companies plans to have an on-site medical clinic starting in 2011. (Check with your benefits department to find out if yours is one of them.) Some employers extend coverage to dependents and retired employees.
Cost: In most cases, there is none.
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