"Our pharmaceuticals went up just 4 percent. You want an increase. That means people are taking their insulin and medicine. It costs a lot less than the alternative."
• Employees are given a steep discount (24 percent) if they visit the clinic as often as required. "That's a real incentive," Molgaard said.
• They can schedule consults with a pharmacist through the University of Charleston's PharmUC Patient Care Clinic.
• The city offers options such as gym, yoga, zumba, and Weight Watchers.
• Unnecessary ER visits are now slapped with a co-pay.
Construction manager George Farley likes the emphasis on fitness. "This is the first place I've ever worked where the management cared whether I was in shape or not," he said.
"I spent a lot of years in the coal industry, which has good insurance, but they'll give you a pill and send you down the road. They don't do a lot of assessment of how good a shape you're in. They don't talk to you about what you can do for yourself. And that's important to me now."
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