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January 18, 2016 Amelia Wilcox

What Is an Onsite Health Clinic?

Workplace health clinics are becoming a popular way for companies to address employee wellness concerns. Though there may be significant upfront costs, some companies are choosing to create these clinics as a way to get in control of employee health costs. 

In this article, we’ll cover what an onsite health clinic includes, why some companies build them, and common concerns some businesses have about starting an onsite clinic.



What are Onsite Employee Health Clinics?


Onsite health clinics are popping up in big companies across the nation. They are a solution to the problem of keeping company health care costs as low as possible, while also keeping employees as healthy as possible.

Common features of an employee wellness clinic include:

  • Primary care services
  • Lab work
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescriptions
  • Immunizations
  • Urgent care
  • Preventative care services
  • Onsite pharmacy


Why Have an Onsite Health Clinic?

In addition to the potential cost savings, companies are turning to onsite health clinics as a way to cut down on employee absenteeism, and to boost employee wellness. Taking a more active role in the health care benefits you provide will help your workers get the care they need.

With an onsite clinic, employees are able to take a more preventive approach to their wellness. This is good news for your company because healthy employees are happier, more productive, and less likely to use longer stints of sick leave.

Related: Which Top Company in Your Field Has an Onsite Health Clinic?


Why Don’t More Companies Have Workplace Health Clinics?

A survey by The Alliance shows that there are three common reasons companies don’t invest in an onsite health clinic:

  • Not enough space for the clinic
  • Concerns the employees won’t use the clinic services
  • Lack of continuity of services for company employees in other locations

These are legitimate concerns that should be considered during the planning stages. Knowing how you want things to work is just the first step. But knowing what you don’t want to happen can be helpful too. Companies that help build workplace health clinics can address some of these concerns.

Related: Do Onsite Health Clinics Work?

How to Get Started Building a Worksite Health Clinic

If you’ve decided to take the plunge, there are tons of resources online to help you create a clinic for your company.

Your first step is getting the key players onboard with the idea. From there, you’ll map out everyone’s concerns, ways to address those issues, finding funding, and finally, getting started with the construction phase.

Here’s a resource to get started: How to Start an Onsite Health Clinic: 5 Essential Steps


Amelia Wilcox

Amelia Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Nivati, a leader in corporate massage and employee mental health support since 2010. Her high-growth B2B company provides employee stress management tools that arm businesses with actionable data and positive employee experiences to improve wellbeing, boost morale, and increase engagement.

Amelia has exponentially grown her company from a solo living-room service business to an international technology brand.

Recently listed as a Forty Under 40, Fast 50, Inc 5000 Twice awarded National Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Licenses, Certifications & Memberships
Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002
Member of American Massage Therapy Association
Served on Utah Worksite Wellness Council from 2012-2015

Attended Utah College of Massage Therapy
Educated in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Utah

Massage Magazine (AMTA's publication)