New clinic could save city over $100,000

A clinic opening in Greenwood’s new city building is expected to save more than $100,000 per year in health care costs — if enough employees and their families use it.

The clinic, which opens today in City Center, is staffed by a doctor and other workers from Franciscan St. Francis Health as part of a partnership between the city and hospital group.

The city will spend less money on health care in a year if at least 22 people a week use the clinic. The city has agreed on set prices for the clinic of $3,000 per month to St. Francis for managing the clinic and an additional $106,000 per year to staff it, plus $20,000 for supplies, lab costs and generic prescriptions, human resources director Marilyn Allen said. Employees and their families get free doctor visits, generic prescriptions and lab testing. Currently, 230 full-time city employees and 400 of their family members use the city’s health insurance and can go to the clinic, Allen said.

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