On-site medical clinics? What exactly are we talking about here.

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    More employers are offering on-site medical clinics
    The cost-cutting strategy has been embraced by dozens of companies typically large employers that are self-insured and pay their own medical claims.

    By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times

    " ...Many of the health centers are full-service medical offices equipped with exam rooms, X-ray machines and pharmacies. Some provide on-site appointments with dentists, dermatologists, psychiatrists and other specialists who treat life-threatening illnesses..."


    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul...inics-20110703


    I never knew that these were getting so complex. This does ring alarm bells for me on just about every possible front. What about you?
    eriksoln and lindarn like this.
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    My employer offers onsite healthcare as well. I can see the convenience factor for people who have bankers' hours and for whom taking a whole day or half a day for doctors' appts can be difficult at best. But personally, it is too much like crapping where I eat. I know in theory what goes on in the doctor's office stays there, but knowing the same place I work has access to all my personal medical stuff.....no thanks. It might not be rational, but I get the heebie jeebies.
    klone, LockportRN, Not_A_Hat_Person, and 2 others like this.
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    Sounds like job security to me!
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    I agree, was thinking the same. What if someone wanting to burn you made up a tale about your behavior and you were sent down to see the psych doc. OUCH. What if someone decides it's a good idea to get some blood work on everybody, just because we care? This clinic would be great if it was all in good faith. The way the corporate world is especially today, I can't buy it. I mean if you get a huge sinus infection, it'd be great to get those abx on your way out the door end of shift...
    eriksoln and Ruthfarmer like this.
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    I worked at a place like this. And I went through exactly that: Got a prescription on my way out the door after work. Never thought about people sharing info though.

    Do you think they know about my third nipple at that job?
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    In a perfect world, Hooray!

    In this world, naw, don't think so. Way too many opportunities for abuse and misuse of information.


    And where does it stop? See the company doctor, then stop by the company pharmacy. The pharmacy only carries Tylenol and Motrin, so that's the only prescriptions the doctor writes. Look now, we've all got to be reasonable and we all have to sacrifice. This company can't stay in business if we have to stock our company pharmacy with BP meds or antibiotics, or other drugs. Drugs are expensive. Just take your Tylenol and don't forget to stop by the company store for your groceries before you head home. And don't complain about the bugs in the cornmeal or the soured milk. We can't go stocking the company store with good safe food. That costs money. Your getting your groceries at a discount at the company store. You're not satisfied with a discount? You actually expect it to be edible? What will you expect next . . .for your seven year old child to go to school instead of to the coal mines? Gee Whiz.
    klone, caliotter3, netglow, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from Ruthfarmer
    In a perfect world, Hooray!

    In this world, naw, don't think so. Way too many opportunities for abuse and misuse of information.


    And where does it stop? See the company doctor, then stop by the company pharmacy. The pharmacy only carries Tylenol and Motrin, so that's the only prescriptions the doctor writes. Look now, we've all got to be reasonable and we all have to sacrifice. This company can't stay in business if we have to stock our company pharmacy with BP meds or antibiotics, or other drugs. Drugs are expensive. Just take your Tylenol and don't forget to stop by the company store for your groceries before you head home. And don't complain about the bugs in the cornmeal or the soured milk. We can't go stocking the company store with good safe food. That costs money. Your getting your groceries at a discount at the company store. You're not satisfied with a discount? You actually expect it to be edible? What will you expect next . . .for your seven year old child to go to school instead of to the coal mines? Gee Whiz.
    Well..........

    If its going to be like that, my kid is going to work at the local diner at least, busing tables. No dangerous coal mines for my boy.

    <_<
    >_>

    I don't have kids. N/M.
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    You're assuming you have a choice whether to use on site clinics? When you wake up, get with me, I'll give you a cup of Jim Jones organic coffee. Those clinics are going to explode. They are the new norm.
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    A national magazine/tv station near me has this on site. It is actually very popular among the employees and this service, along with other perks, have made it one of the top companies to work for in the area. I know several people that work there and they love being able to see their primary care doc or ob/gyn or get their prescriptions filled, while at work.
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    I once worked for an employer that provided nurses for the medical office of a specific company. A news story was done about the court trial of one of the company employees for fraud related to his health claims. My employer held a mandatory inservice wherein the news story was shown and it was discussed at length. I saw why I had better watch out for my own employer and did not remain with them for long afterward. I was certainly no apologist for the employee in question, but I did not like my role in the "witch hunt" mentality. I would not work for an employer that insisted on access to my private health information. There is a limit to what the employer needs to know and that stops at my ability to perform my job duties, with or without accommodation.
    Otessa and Not_A_Hat_Person like this.


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