UNH opens health clinic for faculty, staff

The University of New Hampshire opened a new health clinic Monday aimed at saving money and providing faculty and staff with more convenient options for their medical needs, the Associated Press reports. The clinic, located within the university’s student health building in Durham, will serve more as an urgent care facility than a primary care office. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the academic year and will provide treatment for ailments such as ear and sinus infections, sprained ankles and other injuries. Services include a pharmacy, X-rays and laboratory testing. Officials expect the latter to provide the most immediate savings, given that it costs about $15 for a comprehensive lab workup done by an independent lab versus $90-$150 at local hospitals. Those savings are critical at a time when the university system is spending $66 million on health care benefits this year, with the Durham campus accounting for about $46 million of that total. And those costs have been rising 7-10 percent per year, said Amy Schwartz, the university system’s director of health care cost containment…

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