Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Mar 2018 00:51 UTC
Apple

Apple is launching a group of health clinics called AC Wellness for its employees and their families this spring, according to several sources familiar with the company's plans.

The company quietly published a website, acwellness.com, with more details about its initiative and a careers page listing jobs including primary care doctor, exercise coach and care navigator, as well as a phlebotomist to administer lab tests on-site.

This new primary care group - a group of clinical staff that is run independently from Apple but is dedicated to Apple employees - will initially only serve Apple's employees in Santa Clara County, where its headquarters are located. Initially, it has two clinics in the county.

Scrip healthcare.

This is insanity.

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RE[2]: Yeah but...
by jburnett on Fri 2nd Mar 2018 01:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Yeah but..."
jburnett
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I live here and work for an employer that has its own health clinic. Unlike Apple, only employees can use our clinic. I wish my family could use it too.

There is a huge concentration of quality health care clinics in the area


You are right, there are a lot of clinics here. For the most part they have pretty good doctors too. However, the administrators are so bad that I used to leave the state for my healthcare. For example, you mentioned Sutter/PAMF. Let me tell you about my experiences with Sutter/PAMF.

The doctors there are great. Hopefully you do not need to see them anytime soon though. My wife waited over a year for her first visit with her primary doctor. I had to wait 6 months to visit an allergist. Then, I needed to reschedule a follow-up appointment, it was going to be 3 months before they could squeeze me in again. I never made it back.

Do not even get me started on their billing. One time I received two letters on the same day. The first letter was a bill with a late charge. The other was a check for over payment, which just happened to be the exact amount needed for the bill without the late charge. I paid the fee at the office on the day of service. Nobody in their billing department could seem to fix the issue and said if I didn't pay the late charge they would put me in collections.

They also tend to keep sending bills months after seeing doctors, often with no explanation. In the end I just paid whatever they asked, sometimes for doctors I never saw. Fail to pay, you go straight to collections, effectively ending any chance of buying a ridiculously overpriced home in the next 5 years.

Dealing with the awful American medical institutions is beyond infuriating. Thankfully we have the company clinic. If we didn't, I would still be doing all my non-emergency healthcare in other countries. My wife still does most of her healthcare overseas. Let that sink in, we pay for an exceptionally expensive healthcare plan here that we avoid using because healthcare in the bay area is so bad.

Somehow we found a small, private pediatric practice for our daughter. They have only messed up one bill and are very responsive. Heck, we even have the doctors private cell phone number in case of after hour emergencies.

Bottom line, if it takes companies opening private clinics to kickstart reform on the mess we call a healthcare system, then I'm all for it.

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