The Hendricks County Government was facing a dramatic 11.4% increase in healthcare costs. They had to find a solution without compromising the quality of care that their more than 400 county employees were receiving.
The Hendricks County Council and Commissioners, along with insurance consultant H.J. Spier Company, Inc., partnered with Hendricks Regional Health to stave off this budget challenge. Together, we implemented a health clinic where government employees receive care with a reduction in time off from work, and participate in a range of wellness and prevention programs. It was truly a collaborative effort between three organizations committed to the community.
Instead of the 11.4% increase they were expecting, the Hendricks County Government saw a negligible 0.75% average annual increase in healthcare costs since 2010 — translating into a projected savings of more than $2 million.
Visits to offsite primary care physicians have gone down by 36% due to an increase in health clinic visits. Brand prescriptions have decreased by 39% in favor of generics. And preventative care has spiked an average of 36% — showing that employees are taking control of their own health like never before.
Collaborative partnerships, in which resources are shared and maximized, can lead to substantial benefits – both financial and in the health of employees.
“We saved the taxpayers money while providing high quality healthcare.” – Hendricks County Government Council and Commissioners