Health on the job

Dr. David French has diagnosed gallstones, acute renal failure and congestive heart disease. He has also prescribed antibiotics for an infected cuticle, treated poison ivy and found cancerous moles.
Those patients have wandered into Toyota Motor Corp.’s urgent-care clinic, just a few steps from the Camry assembly line at its Georgetown plant. And a plant pharmacy can deliver prescriptions to workers on the line.
Mammograms are coming, and an optometry service is in the works.
Toyota and other large corporations like Pepsi Bottling Group, Credit Suisse and Sprint Nextel have set up or expanded on-site health clinics in recent years. In Louisville, General Electric Co. is weighing the merits of an in-house clinic for workers at Appliance Park, company spokeswoman Kim Freeman said.
{The problem with employers supplying healthcare onsite is they will be tempted to use employees’ personal health information to discriminate. Employees who develop costly illnesses or have positive genetic tests may be fired or denied promotions.. Employers are not supppsed to violate patient privacy but many do despite the law, because employees don’t have the time or money to prove what happened or hire lawyers.. Employers that offer on-site clinics to lower their healthcare costs are setting up conflicts between what is best for the corporation and what is best for the patient or employee. ~ Dr. Deborah Peel, Patient Privacy Rights}

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