45% of people ages 18-25 do not have a primary care provider, citing reasons of "not convenient, too expensive" and "takes too long to get in to see a provider." Furthermore, "...despite the importance of regular primary care visits, research published in the American Journal of Managed Care estimates that an average appointment takes around 121 minutes, including 37 minutes of travel time and 87 minutes at the care facility. Of those 121 minutes, patients spend only 8-12 minutes face-to-face with their doctor. That’s less than 10% of the total time patients invest in seeking care.” According to the British Medical Journal, shorter consultation times with your provider has been linked to poorer health outcomes.
Providing onsite health allows employees to spend as much time as necessary with their clinician and eliminate, or significantly reduce, travel and waiting time. Convenience also means not having to wait weeks to get on a provider’s schedule, which means health conditions are being promptly diagnosed and treated (and lessens the utilization of urgent cares and emergency departments). The average wait time for a new patient appointment with a primary care doctor is 24 days, and the average visit lasts a little over 15 minutes (in larger cities, it is 32 days).
By providing onsite occupational health, injuries/illnesses can be evaluated quickly and efficiently, thereby decreasing the need for outside hospital system usage, which can be quite costly due to substantial mark-up of services. Employees having access to an onsite provider for yearly health screenings decreases the incidence of employees going without a primary care provider, and also quickly identifies disease and pre-disease states, thereby allowing prompt diagnosis and treatment of the condition (which will in turn reduce missed days from work for chronic diseases, and loss of productivity). Last year, employers lost roughly $530 billion due to employee absences from illness. Furthermore, creating a company wellness program that is customizable for the individual is key to employee engagement and success, since everyone’s health blueprint is unique and different.
REM will help provide ease and accessibility of healthcare services to the employees, containing costs, but with personalized medical evaluation and treatment. REM plans to offer the following ON SITE services: work-related and not work-related injuries/illnesses, international travel medicine consultations and vaccines, DOT examinations, acute/episodic care, health/wellness integration into lifestyle, annual physical examinations.
Long term, REM would like to be able to coordinate Corporate Wellness retreats for companies and their teams. Excessive workplace stress causes a staggering 120,000 deaths and results in nearly $190 billion in health care costs each year, which account for 5% to 8% of national health care spending. REM recognizes that "emotion inspires action, and action inspires emotion" which will in turn, inspire the employee to be reinvigorated inside and outside of the workplace.