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Local business to use its own clinic to treat employees

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How would you like to go to your primary doctor for free? That'll soon be an option for many Quincy employees after Knapheide sets up its own Family Wellness Center.  More than 12 hundred Quincy Knapheide employees can go to a new clinic on south 36th Street if they need to see a doctor once construction is complete.  Knapheide employees and healthcare specialists say the move could be the next trend in health care.

It's an idea Knapheide has looked into for roughly 20 years to benefit its workers when they need to go to the doctor.  Human Resources Vice President Jim Rubottom says the company added a wellness center now because of its large workforce and simplicity.

"It's just easier access and we hope with easier access more people will be willing to utilize it," Rubottom said. 

The healthcare move is also a better business deal for the manufacturing company.  Rubottom said Knapheide paid around $10 million last year in health insurance for its Quincy employees.  Something he said this new clinic can reduce.   
   
"What we will pay for an office clinic will be lower dramatically lower than what you would see in a routine visit to your own physician and office," he said. 

Knapheide is partnering with a company called WeCare TLC, that manages dozens of clinics nationwide.  The Quincy office is currently under construction.  As Chief Development Officer Brian Klepper showed us around, he said the reason this model of health care is successful is because workers don't have to pay for co-pays, lab work or x-rays. 

"So we're able to get them into the clinic at very high volumes and people are interested in coming.  And once we get them in, we can engage them, manage them and advocate for them if they go somewhere else in the system," Klepper said. 

Rubottom believes the employee and business benefits will change the way other businesses look at healthcare.   

"It's a dynamic that is really changing.  I think with the new healthcare regulations, you worry about access. You worry about where our primary doctors are going and this way you can kind of control some of your own destiny in the healthcare area," he said.

This clinic will be staffed with a doctor, a registered nurse, and three medical assistants.  It should open sometime in June or July.
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