High Health Costs? Bring it in House

qgraph.gifQuadGraphics is one of Wisconsin’s most respected and successful companies. Faced with rising employee healthcare costs the company chose an innovative path – bringing most healthcare in house. Twenty six onsite doctors treat everything but the most serious cases, spending more time with fewer patients (who pay only $5 a visit) than in an ordinary health care setting. The company invests almost twice what other local companies do on primary care, but with such preventative measures in place, has seen overall healthcare costs drop 30% below average.
(more details in the Wall Street Journal, via Gil Friend)

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He was instrumental in the creation of TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years as well as an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.