Monarch Beverage Company in Indianapolis is among those making a big investment in its own clinic. Monarch is currently working on a 1,400 square foot expansion of its medical offices within the offices.
The beer and wine distributor opened its clinic several years ago, offering access to a full-time doctor, nurse practitioner, medical assistant and personal trainer. The company hoped to reduce the number of medical claims by offering essential services at the workplace.
"It costs less for us to do it this way than to rely on traditional medical providers," said Phillip Terry, CEO of Monarch Beverage Company.
In the process, the company found that the clinic also became a very popular option for employees as they battled rising co-pays and deductibles at traditional clinics.
"There's no copay for the visit (at Monarch), but also we can give them medications,” said Dr. Joseph Lisanti, who works at the Monarch Clinic on behalf of Activate Healthcare. “So there's no cost for the medications whether that be antibiotic, whether that be steroid creams, whether that be an inhaler for an asthma attack, so it's really cost effective."
The compilation of savings and popularity led Monarch to expand.
"We've seen the demand and the use of the clinic grow," Terry said.
Monarch Beverage is far from the only employer looking to add or expand their own clinic. Hamilton Southeastern Schools has its own healthcare center. Officials with the schools are now looking at adding another doctor because it's been so popular.
“There are some individuals waiting three days to get an appointment," said Michael Reuter, CFO of Hamilton County Schools. "We are getting to the point that the demand has been great enough that we are looking to expand our hours."
Hamilton Southeastern is willing to invest more in the clinic because the more employees who use it, the more money they save.
"We've saved about $450,000 compared to what it would have cost us to send those employees out to primary care physicians," Reuter said.
"We believe that we get a $2 return for every dollar we spend," Terry said.
As more Americans have access to healthcare in the coming years, Dr. Lisanti said he doesn’t expect the trend to change.
"I think, more than likely, people are going to have a longer wait to get into their doctor,” Lisanti said. “So if you have an on-site healthcare clinic that's primarily available just for you and your family that you can get in pretty quick, I see the popularity becoming extremely likely."