Apple, Amazon Moving into Medical Clinics

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Companies now doing their own hiring for dedicated medical facilities

For some time, companies with large offices have offered on-site or nearby medical offices for workers to access high-quality care. Facebook and Apple are two examples of companies with on-staff clinics on campus to serve thousands of employees’ medical needs.

But something has changed in the past few years. Rather than continuing to work with third-party companies to operate these clinics, a few companies are branching out on their own.

Earlier this month, CNBC reported Amazon is launching a clinic in the coming months for a small number of workers, with a goal of expanding in early 2019. Apple, meanwhile, has been hiring for its employee health clinics, which operate under a separate legal subsidiary called AC Wellness.

Why? Most experts think control over costs is the primary motivation. They believe to really make an impact on what they consider ‘out-of-control’ costs, they need involvement at the human level of care.

“Employers generally have become extremely frustrated about the enormous expense of the healthcare system as well as the inconsistent, at best, quality experienced by their employees,” explains Micah Weinberg, president of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a think tank focusing on local policy issues.

“If you want something done right,” he concluded, “you have to do it yourself.”

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