ProHealth Care executives don’t think a shared on-site clinic
for employees of the city, Waukesha County and the Waukesha
School District is a good idea, and the Common Council is poised
to consider other options.
located adjacent to the County Courthouse at 515 W. Moreland
Blvd., the clinic is projected to save about $1.1 million in
health care costs for the city over a five-year period,
according to data provided by winning bidder Healthstat. North
Carolina-based Healthstat operates separate employee medical
clinics for the West Bend and the city of Kenosha.
ProHealth Care CEO Susan Edwards said ProHealth Care’s
“distributive model” would make all of the health care giant’s
resources available to city employees and that it’s a
“fundamentally superior” model to the clinic. Edwards also said
that about 80 percent of city employees already utilize
ProHealth Care doctors or other services, and that the company
has a similar system set up for Generac.
ProHealth Care CFO Ron Farr said ProHealth Care can meet or
exceed the proposed clinic’s savings to the city. However, he
wasn’t comfortable putting forward an exact number at this
ProHealth Care’s chief medical officer, said that the county was
moving forward with plans for an on-site clinic despite “all
evidence pointing in the other direction.”
only one question on the county’s (Request for Proposal) that
asked whether there would be a better approach ... we never had
a chance to discuss that approach,” Kulick said, adding that
on-site clinics like the one proposed can lead to “fragmentation
of care” when employees come to the clinic for some services and
then go back to their regular doctors for others.
Kathleen Cummings, who is also a County Board supervisor, made a
referral to the city’s Finance and Human Resources committees to
provide an opportunity for ProHealth to state their alternative
proposal which wasn’t possible or explored in the county’s RFP,
and to publicly compare that proposal with Healthstat’s as soon
Pieper, who is chairman of the city’s Finance Committee,
expressed concerns that the other health care companies who
weren’t winning bidders would also try to get the city’s
support. He also pointed out that the clinic would cost $45 per
office visit, compared to $112 under the city’s current health
plan is you guys, because you have 80 percent of our business,”
Pieper said to the ProHealth executives. “If you’re saying
you’re going to close the gap, then why are we still paying
ProHealth isn’t the health plan - it’s the provider - and that
the savings would come from a variety of other areas.
Scrima asked Edwards if ProHealth would be providing city
employees with the same level of care it provides its own
employees, and she said that it would.
proposed government health clinic would likely lead to a
reduction in quality and choice in health care services over
time for our city employees and their families,” Scrima said
after the meeting.
believe that our city employees deserve to hear for themselves
the alternative model that ProHealth Care has proposed to us - a
model which they use for their own doctors, nurses, staff and