Where local healthcare gaps exist, organizations may need to fill it

Where local healthcare gaps exist, organizations may need to fill it

On-site clinics and/or company-arranged medical services are recommended where local healthcare resources cannot or will not meet the organizational need.

By providing healthcare services, organizations can reduce employee health risk while improving productivity, which is in alignment with business objectives. These local healthcare resources can also form the foundation of a global wellness platform while ensuring work-related medical cases are managed in the most effective manner.Finally, healthcare is a major sustainability issue, and partnering with local health services can achieve corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Recommended Action

  • Site health assessments should be considered to identify health issues which may put people, operation and even the community at unacceptable risk.
  • Companies may need to augment existing medical services where significant healthcare gaps exist.

Additional Resources

Polling Results

  •  38-percent have an on-site or near-site medical clinic near an emerging marketplace.
  • 69-percent have clinics among companies with 25,000 or more working outside the US.
  • China is the most frequently mentioned country where clinics are based.
  • 36-percent of the companies are getting more interest in establishing clinics of their own.

Council Commentary

For those companies with high-risk locations where local medical services are deemed inadequate, corporations augment these services by partnering with outside providers to access quality care either on-site, close by or shared by other parties. Companies also may develop their own on-site clinics as recruitment and staff retention vehicles as well as resources to support their global health and wellness agendas. Clearly, the minority of companies has corporate clinics, but this is significant growth in this area as companies work to standardize employee healthcare service levels, drive wellness programs and best manage healthcare costs. Having company-operated clinics was statistically associated with being in the top quartile in the survey compared to the lowest quartile. This likely indicates the higher level of focused corporate attention to protecting the health of the remote workforce.