We know that workplace satisfaction has a direct relationship with employee benefits and perks. For some teams, that might mean snacks in the breakroom or negotiated rates for a gym membership. But what about your employee’s primary healthcare needs? And the benefits that also take care of their families? If employers want to compete, they need to find a better way to bolster their benefits packages. Today’s workforce has a growing desire for forward-thinking, personalized healthcare coverage — without any copays or deductibles.
For that, Direct Primary Care (DPC) can be a fantastic option. The model works for groups of all sizes because you can either offer DPC as a stand-alone function (over traditional health insurance) or as an affordable supplement to your current plans. Either way, it’s can be a win-win for everyone.
1. Employers and employees appreciate the cost savings
The focus of DPC is to offer quality healthcare for a reasonable flat monthly fee. That’s why employers who already have traditional high-deductible health insurance often add DPC to their benefits packages. The DPC model helps them give their employees the best value for primary care. This includes same- and next-day appointments, extended time with their personal healthcare provider, cholesterol checks, medication management, and other preventative services and screenings.
Employers who haven’t been able to work with healthcare benefits in the past also find that DPC can be a great function for recruitment and retention. Rates for individual employees typically range from $65 to $79 a month. Employers can introduce DPC as either a self-funded healthcare option or as part of their overall benefits package.
2. Your employees can have consults without missing work
The DPC model of healthcare is designed to give your employees more convenient ways of communicating with their personal physician and other healthcare professionals. In addition to phone calls and their regularly-scheduled appointments, patients can also utilize video-conferencing or send a quick health question to their provider through text.
This flexibility is great for lowering absenteeism. It also gives patients the attention they need for addressing concerns after regular office hours, or for tending to chronic conditions, like diabetes or high blood pressure. Enhanced primary care is shown to lead to better overall health. And that has a direct relationship with employee happiness and productivity.
3. Employers are able to show their commitment to health
Work cultures that value employee wellness often choose DPC because it eliminates certain barriers to pursuing optimal health. High-deductible plans can discourage patients from seeking the care they need. But since there are no copays or deductibles to meet with DPC, patients have more opportunities to explore preventative healthcare and feel and function better in all aspects of their life.
Your company’s benefits packages are a key part of the recruitment process. Being able to enhance your offerings is a great way to boost employee retention, engagement, and satisfaction. If you want to learn more about Direct Primary Care and its options for your team, please give us a call.