MN School Districts Slowly Adopt Plans to Offer Healthcare Delivery
School nurses have, of course, been around since the beginning of time. But what about school physicians? More specifically, physcians employed by a school district for the prupose of providing primary care and preventive care to its employees. Citing a move to reduce the amounts in pays out in claims to insurers, one MN district is hoping that furnishing its own investment on healthcare quality and efficiency of delivery will pay off.
Teachers’ health care now costs school districts an average of $457 a month for individual plans and $901 for family plans, according to a 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics survey. The national average employers’ cost for all types of workers is $452 for individuals and $941 for families. Opening an on-site clinic can cut into those expenses, but it comes with its own costs.
In time, however, those costs should approximate savings that will almost certainly be realized — as the district will provide incentives for patients to attend its own subsidized medical clinic. One of those incentives is a free price tag. Of course, these savings really only consider those related to healthcare costs. Other non-healthcare operating costs by the school district may, or may not, be achieved. | LINK