Clinic Benefits

Employee clinic vs. ER
New research from Health Affairs shows about one in four U.S. emergency room visits could take place at walk-in clinics or urgent care centers. That could be a potential savings of $4.4 billion annually.

For you, visiting the Kansas City Health Care Trust Employee Clinic for non-urgent care — treatment of such problems as rashes, ear aches or the flu — has the potential of saving you time and hundreds of dollars.

Take this fictional scenario:
Betty and Sue both have the BCBS health coverage plan. Over the course of two weeks, both women came down with a bug and experienced a bad cough, fatigue, fever, sore throats and nasal congestion. When they didn’t get better, both sought medical attention.

Betty went to the emergency room, while Sue remembered the KC Health Care Trust Employee Clinic and went there. Here are the outcomes of this cautionary tale:

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Sue got into the nurse practitioner, received a diagnosis and was on her way to fill her prescription in the time it took Betty to see the ER doctor.

Moral of the story: Remember the KC Health Care Trust Employee Clinic, where there is just a short wait, no copay and no deductible.