TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - For the year 2013, health insurance out of pocket expenses are expected to be $400 per person. But that may not be the case in Vigo County. One school corporation's investment in a walk in clinic for employees is saving both employer and employee serious cash.
Suppose you have a cold, or need a routine check up, rather than go to your primary physician if you work for the Vigo County School Corporation you can go to the Health and Wellness Center clinic.
"You go to the clinic you make an appointment you have a 25 minute period, you can have longer if need be, you go in there's no co-pay," Superintendent Danny Tanoos explained.
That is the interesting part. Without co-pays for routine visits, Tanoos estimates employees save several hundred dollars a year.
But it's not just workers that save money. The school corporation it self is saving money.
"We're saving the money from the difference of the medications we usually use generic that difference in having to pay for the office visit, so there's just a tremendous amount of savings there, believe it or not," Tanoos said.
Tanoos said the success of the Vigo County School Corporation's clinic has gotten the attention of others.
"(We get calls) from around the state and the Midwest, tons of calls," Tanoos said. "As far away as the east coast who has heard about what we're doing."
He said the purpose of the clinic is not to function as an emergency room, but to help the school and it's workers save money on those routine visits.
In doing that, while other companies' insurance costs continue to rise, Vigo County School Corporation's has flat-lined.
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