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Despite Employer Interest, Americans' Use of Workplace Clinics Remains Low
Greater Convenience, Lower Costs Among Reasons for Seeking Care at a Workplace Clinic
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Workplace clinics are concentrated among large, self-insured employers, so only a subset of families has access to these resources. Among families most likely to have accessthose with ties to large firms and government employersclinic use was higher at nearly 11 percent in 2010, the study found.
“The severe 2007-09 recession likely dampened employer investment in workplace clinics, and some workers probably lost access to clinics because of job layoffs,” said Ellyn R. Boukus, M.A., HSC health research analyst, and coauthor of the study with HSC Senior Researcher Ha T. Tu, M.P.A.
The study was based on HSC’s 2010 Health Tracking Household Survey, a nationally representative survey with information on 17,000 people. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the survey included a cell phone sample to account for the growing number of households without a landline phone. Response rates were 45 percent for the landline sample and 29 percent for the cell phone sample.
The study’s findings are detailed in a new NIHCR Research BriefU.S. Families’ Use of Workplace Health Clinics, 2007-2010available online at www.nihcr.org/Workplace-Clinics. Other key findings include:
The National Institute for Health Care Reform contracts with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Studying Health System Change to conduct high-quality, objective research and policy analyses of the organization, financing and delivery of health care in the United States. The nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization was created by the International Union, UAW; Chrysler Group LLC; Ford Motor Company; and General Motors to help inform policy makers and other decision-makers about options to expand access to high-quality, affordable health care to all Americans.
The Center for Studying Health System Change is a nonpartisan policy research organization committed to providing objective and timely research on the nations changing health system to help inform policy makers and contribute to better health care policy. HSC, based in Washington, D.C., is affiliated with Mathematica Policy Research.