Pasco school district to open a fourth health clinic
The Pasco County school district aimed to save $3 million annually in medical expenses when it introduced its own employee health care clinics in 2011.
Two years later, the district was well on its way to realizing the savings, with demand for appointments high. So high, in fact, that the system will add a fourth clinic on Friday.
The newest center is located at Hudson Middle School. The others are at Land O'Lakes High, Centennial Middle and Gulf High.
Employees, retirees, and dependents covered by the district’s group health plan can receive medical services including treatment for primary care, lab work, medication, x-rays, and more at no out-of-pocket cost at any onsite CareHere Health Center. Officials have reported that the focus on preventive programs has led to a decrease in diabetes-related claims, and that a weight reduction initiative led to employees losing a combined 3,800 pounds or more.
Several school districts have added similar health centers for employees to reduce their insurance costs. Pasco leaders have said a fifth center also could be opened soon.