Hattiesburg employee health clinic saving city money

Hattiesburg employee health clinic saving city money

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree says the recently opened health clinic for city employees and their dependents is already saving the city a lot of money.

The clinic opened in September and in that short period of time the savings to the city has been around $35,000. The clinic is located on West 4th street. It's staffed by a nurse practitioner, a medical technician, and a recptionist. It includes a triage room, two examine rooms, and a lab. Use of the clinic is restricted to city employees, their dependents, and retired city employees.

"In three weeks we've seen about 300 people in our clinic, it costs about $29,000 a month to do that," said Dupree. "Those 300 employees that went to the clinic, insurance that would have to been paid is about $70,000, so the city actually had saved about $35,000."

Dupree added that over a year's time the saving would add up to about $400,000.