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Manufacturer latest to open on-site health clinic

Ryobi Die Casting Inc. opened an onsite clinic at its Shelbyville facility in late January.

The Japanese auto supplier is the latest company to bring health care services to its work site in an effort to save employees time and to cut back on “inflated” health care provider charges.

Ryobi should realize cost savings by eliminating inflated provider charges caused by low Medicare reimbursements, uninsured patients, overhead costs, and malpractice insurance, said Kevin Sliwa, an insurance adviser at MJ Insurance, who helped Ryobi set up the new clinic.

“Organizations also realize significant savings in their prescription drug costs, not to mention increased employee productivity,” Sliwa said.

Sliwa said he also expects long-term savings as the clinic staff conducts wellness screenings and disease management programs, which could catch Ryobi’s 600 employees’ health problems early-before they become more serious problems that generate expensive medical bills.

Dr. Gregory Howard, who works for Shelbyville’s Major Hospital, heads Ryobi’s clinic. Two nurses and administrative personnel operate the clinic four hours a day, Monday through Saturday.

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