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Houston Employers Hear New Research That Supports the Case for Retail Clinics
Date:10/29/2007

RediClinic and Memorial Hermann Reduce Employer Healthcare Costs through

Easier Access to Affordable Healthcare

HOUSTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- As employer healthcare costs continue to increase at twice the rate of inflation, there is good news on the horizon. Recent research sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), America's leading public health agency, shows retail clinics can be particularly effective in improving employee health while lowering healthcare costs. Houston employers heard the results of this research firsthand at a recent symposium jointly sponsored by RediClinic and Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.

The October 25th event at The Houstonian Hotel brought together leaders of Houston's business and healthcare communities to learn how the accessibility and affordability of retail-based health clinics, like RediClinics, can significantly reduce employers' healthcare costs and improve the health status of employees. Rising healthcare costs continue to plague employers, and a 2007 study by the Kaiser Foundation indicates that 45 percent of all employers plan to increase the amount that employees pay in 2008 for health insurance in order to address these rising costs.

Presented by Bradley A. Perkins, M.D., M.B.A., chief strategy and innovation officer for CDC, the research, which was funded by the CDC and conducted by the New England Complex Systems Institute, shows that retail-based clinics are particularly well-suited to the delivery of preventive care, and that certain kinds of preventive care can produce superior returns in terms of employee health improvements and cost savings. These high-return preventive services include smoking cessation, adult immunizations such as influenza and tetanus, and screenings for hypertension, cholesterol and diabetes.

According to the research, while the established healthcare delivery system has proven to be very effective at handling comp
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