Posted at: 09/18/2013 5:51 PM
By: Dan Conradt
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's a business expense that has been skyrocketing. But one Austin company is fighting back against the high cost of health care by going pro-active.
“We're putting in an on-site clinic," said Quality Pork Processors President Kelly Wadding.
“The facility will offer services very similar to what you would have if you went to see your primary care provider," QPP vice president Nate jansen told us.
"It's going to provide them with free primary care and lab tests," president Kelly Wadding said.
“With a heavy emphasis on wellness," according to VP Nate Jansen.
The clinic will be available to QPPs 13-hundred employees starting October 14th.
"Initially it is going to be available to employees only, and once we get everything started we will open it up to dependent care also," Nate Jansen told us.
It will be operated by Illinois-based Medcor.
“We'll have a staff of three people ... a physician's assistant, an RN and oversight by a doctor," QPP President Kelly Wadding said.
"The timing of it was very good in that we just finished union negotiations this past summer, so it was an opportunity for us to present the idea of an on-site clinic and incorporate it into the health benefit plan," Quality Pork HR director Dale Wicks said.
“This kind of model has shown in other industries that have put this in is that it has a significant immediate impact, as well as a long-term impact," added QPPs Nate Jansen.
“We're looking at this as an opportunity to maybe have prospective employees see this as a great benefit to be able to come to work here," said H-R director Dale Wicks.
"It's a win-win,” said QPP president Kelly Wadding. “By improving our employees health, by giving them good outcomes we are going to be able to control our costs better."