Indiana University is opening its own health care clinics to save money while making health care facilities more accessible.
Indiana University Benefits Committee Co-Chair Mary Gray says in Bloomington says they have been trying to reconcile these issues for years.
“It puts a great burden on the administration and faculty and staff to find the balance between costs, savings and keeping the kinds of benefits we receive to the quality that we need,” she says. “That’s the most pressing issue over the last two years, recognizing the requirement to increase the costs of our health care.”
IU is opening new clinics to enhance the availability of primary care services, routine and urgent care.
Richard Sutton is a benefits consultant with the Monroe County Community School Corporation. The district opened its own clinic three years ago, and Sutton says the district is seeing the benefits.
When MCCSC employees and family members use the clinic for a primary office visit there is no claim that is filed with the insurance company. Sutton says all costs are absorbed through the clinic which costs just more than $30,000 each month, which, he says is less than if the claim were to go through insurance.