WAUKESHA - The
shared medical clinic proposed for some 2,900 Waukesha, Waukesha
County and Waukesha School District employees would provide
health care costs savings of $8.1 million, up $1.2 million from
the projection that was forecasted last May.
The new figure
was revealed Thursday to County Board officials, county workers
and interested residents who attended a presentation by the
North Carolina firm selected to operate the clinic in the former
Public Health Building. The proposed clinic is adjacent to the
County Courthouse, 515 W. Moreland Blvd.
operator of separate employee medical clinics for the West Bend
School District and the city of Kenosha, won the bid, in part,
because of its estimated $8.1 million in savings over a
five-year period. The county’s savings by opening the clinic was
projected at $3.2 million.
Kathleen Cummings, who once called the clinic proposal a
“boondoggle,” asked what guarantee the county had that the
projected savings would be met.
head of the county’s Department of Administration, said the
figures would be spelled out in a five-year contract with
Healthstat to be the clinic’s operator and staff provider.
added that other bids to run the clinic came in with similar
savings projections, which validates Healthstat’s saving
David Swan of the City of Pewaukee asked about the county’s
liability in the venture. Norm Cummings said Healthstat would
assume the liability of operating the clinic as a health care
Patricia Haukohl of Brookfield questioned why the clinic’s costs
“Is it because
doctors are paid less?” she asked.
chief financial officer for Healthstat, said the lower costs are
because the proposed on-site clinic would not have the expense
of pursuing reimbursements through private health insurance
clinic would charge employees average copays of $5 each and the
county, which is self-insured, will pay $45 for each of those
visits, she said. The average cost to an employee for medication
would be $5 and the county will be charged $2.
realized when projected clinic costs are compared with the
average costs of employees who visit community clinics. The
average copay is $28 and the county pays $112 per visit,
according to Healthstat’s presentation.
would quickly treat minor ailments and injuries and practice
preventative medical care, Kinzler said. The school district has
more than 1,100 employees, the city less than 500 and the county
about 1,300. Employees with serious medical issues would be
encouraged to visit their regular doctors.
said intergovernmental agreements among the three partners
should be reached and approved next month. The opening of the
clinic is projected for September.