Clinic Opens at Rhinelander HS, Provides Care for District Staff

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Back in the day, doctors used to make house calls, but those days are long gone and many of us have to make long trek to get in to the doctors offices.

But now a brand new clinic exclusively designed for the employees of the Rhinelander School District is helping to bring healthcare right to the workplace.

The Aspirus clinic, located at the Rhinelander High School is like any clinic, waiting room and magazines included, but it is just steps from the classrooms and offices.

Encouraging employees to seek care before bigger problems develop is key to helping to keep insurance costs down for the Rhinelander School District employees and taxpayers alike.

Aspirus Regional Director, Robb Fabich explains how it works.

"Companies in the nation are looking to reduce their overall portion of healthcare costs. That they have to contribute to their benefit plan. In addition to that. Healthcare systems are looking to reduce costs of delivery so these models make sense because you can work with business on different types of structure to reduce that cost over time,” he says.

The savings is attributed to the convenience, meaning better preventative care, and just a flat $10 fee for visits.

The clinic does have limited hours, but they do cater to the staff's schedule. Wednesday they were open from 3 p.m to 6:30., and are open about 12 hours a week.

Patients at the clinic are given a basic health screening, but anyone needing more serious care can still visit or be referred to other Aspirus clinics.

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