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On-site health centers a boon for Highmark

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in Employee Benefits Program,Human Resources

Pittsburgh-based health insurance provider Highmark opened two new employee health centers in November and estimates the on-site facilities could save it several hundred thousand dollars the first year.

Employees who work at the company’s Pittsburgh or Camp Hill, Pa., locations can visit an on-site doctor for primary care, vaccinations and physical therapy, and will be able to have prescriptions filled there as well.

Plus, notes Dr. Kenneth Melani, Highmark’s president, the center makes going to the doctor quicker and more convenient and engages employees in decisions about their health.

Officials at Highmark say they expect to save 10% to 30% on health care costs.

The organization also offers its 11,000 Pennsylvania-based employees an on-site fitness center and wellness classes. Over four years, Highmark says it saved $1.3 million on health care costs through its wellness programs.

Contact: Kristin Ash of Highmark, (412) 544-8971.

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