“With continued increases in healthcare expenditures, use of on-site clinics can improve employee health and reduce financial burden for both employers and employees. Isaac has identified successful characteristics of the Johnson & Johnson program as comprehensiveness, high participation rate, supporting corporate leadership, and offering participants individualized programs for risk reduction. The company benefit plan also links the employee medical insurance premium to program participation. Employees that participate in the health program get a monetary reduction in premium charges.”

Excerpt from Benefits of On-Site Clinics in The Online Journal of Issues In Nursing

This recent journal article takes a comprehensive look at on-site clinics and their impact. It examines the history, discusses the financial impact and presents a case study of a university on-site clinic. Here are a few of the highlights. We encourage you to read the article.

Trust Between Employees And Employers

“By providing on-site care, the employer is perceived as caring for the well-being of employees, thereby improving employee satisfaction and engagement.”

Impact On Presenteeism

“Presenteeism occurs when employees come to work impaired by illnesses, such as colds; influenza; minor injuries including cuts and sprains; and chronic conditions, for example, migraines and arthritis pain. Employees who are at work with these medical conditions are less likely to be fully productive than those at work who are healthy. Although presenteeism is difficult to measure, a number of studies have suggested that financial losses from presenteeism are 60 percent of the total costs of worker illnesses. Having clinicians on-site can help address health conditions that affect productivity by addressing illnesses in a timely manner.”

Potential Savings

“Henke, Goetzel, McHugh, and Isaac evaluated the effect of Johnson & Johnson’s 30-year health and wellness program. They found that Johnson & Johnson experienced a 3.7% lower average annual growth in medical costs when compared to 16 similar companies. Isaac reported that Johnson & Johnson realized a positive return-on-investment of $1.88 – $3.92 for every dollar spent. Henke and colleagues and Isaac have suggested that these cost savings are due to a strong culture of health that empowers employees to be proactive and take charge of their health.”

Read the full article in The Online Journal of Issues In Nursing.

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