Tech giant to launch healthcare clinics for employees

Tech giant to launch healthcare clinics for employees

The clinics, under the name AC Wellness Network, will provide a "concierge-like healthcare experience", according to the clinics' website.

AC Wellness will cater exclusively to Apple employees in Santa Clara County at first, and it now has two clinics, reports CNBC, who broke the news. While little information is now available, AC Wellness' website boasts that their Network will combine technology, high-quality care, and a unique patient experience to drive engagement and achieve exceptional health outcomes. The move makes sense as Apple will be paying significant fees to provide healthcare services for its employees.

And for Apple, sources told CNBC that the company will use its clinics, in part, to test its growing array of health services and products.

Having an on-site clinic at Apple Park will additionally mean less employee time lost to doctor's appointments. The aim is to cut health costs and improve services for employees.

The primary care clinics are a small beginning for Apple, and the company's eventual plans are not yet known. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health issues cost economic output $260 billion per year due to 69 million missed worker days, as reported by CNBC.

The more than 10,000 employees who work at Apple's old Infinity Loop campus in Cupertino benefited with medical assistance through Apple Wellness Centers.

The news comes a few weeks after Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan & Chase announced the formation of a healthcare company aimed at providing cost-effective healthcare for their employees.

The new venture is part of a growing reorganization of the traditional healthcare provider system and one that seems created to give particularly large employers more control over their healthcare costs. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment about its plans.

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