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Ways Houston employees can get access to sweet medical work perks
Work perks vary, but one that both employers and staff can agree on is easy medical access.
Wellness services are not only cost-effective for the employers — no more lost productivity, and easily obtained preventative care means healthier workers — but also handy for the employees, who no longer have to use PTO or their personal time to see a healthcare provider.
Large employers are catching on, with more than 33 percent of companies with 5,000 employees or more offering medical and wellness services to their employees right where they work.
Next Level Urgent Care began providing health and wellness services to large organizations in 2014, and saw the benefits these companies were reaping.
In an effort to expand the opportunity for greater access to lower cost healthcare and include more smaller and mid-size companies, Next Level has developed a few customizable options.
Next Level's virtual CareXtend clinics are one such valuable offering. CareXtend is a one-room clinic staffed by a care concierge and connected through high-tech equipment to an offsite medical provider. This model avoids the cost of clinic build-out and paying for doctors when they aren't seeing patients.
Employers with multiple locations can make care more accessible by placing two or three of these one-room clinics in various locations.
With Next Level Urgent Care's wide distribution across greater Houston, another option that has become popular with employers is the "near site" model. Instead of employers placing clinics at their workplaces, they pay a subscription fee for each employee to have low-cost access to urgent care and primary care seven days per week at any convenient Next Level clinic.
Data shows that when employers make healthcare more affordable and accessible, total costs of care are reduced. For any self-insured employer, especially those offering high deductible plans to their employees, cutting urgent care and primary care out of the plan and arranging for increased access can result in a huge savings to the bottom line — not to mention happier, healthier employees.