McDonald’s partners with FastCare retail clinics

03/20/2009

GREEN BAY — Beginning April 1, FastCare retail health clinics will partner with Planned Administrators, Inc. on behalf of the McDonald’s food chain. Under the partnership, employees at the national fast-food restaurant will pay a $10 co-pay to receive health care services at any FastCare retail health clinic.

Bellin Health established the FastCare brand of retail health clinics in 2006. Bellin operates five FastCare clinics in the Northeast Wisconsin region, staffed by Bellin providers. FastCare has also partnered with 12 other health systems to establish 17 FastCare operations spread throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan.

“Our partnership with McDonalds is another way FastCare can assist in helping a national employer keep its health care costs down,” said Ken Berndt, director of Business Development at Bellin. “Seeking and receiving the appropriate level of care helps reduce the overall costs of health care. You don’t want someone going to the ER for strep throat. FastCare offers a set price and a specific menu of services for that price, helping health care consumers make good decisions.”

McDonald’s employees will pay the $10 co-pay and McDonald’s will pay the remaining $39 for the FastCare visit, Berndt said.

FastCare clinics offer health care for minor conditions and symptoms. Ailments treated at the clinics include: sore throat; fever; flu and common cold; ear and sinus infections; pink eye; skin rash; and allergies. FastCare clinics only take walk-in patients and are open to anyone. The majority of FastCare clinics are located inside Shopko stores.

Merchant Medicine, a Minneapolis-based research and consulting firm that advises medical-care providers and employers on how to work within the retail clinic industry, earlier this year named FastCare a top 10 retail clinic operator.

FastCare clinics operate under the attributes for retail clinics as defined by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association. These include offering to send each person’s primary care physician a report following a visit, having a well-defined and limited scope of clinical services with treatment plans that are evidence-based, and having a system for referring patients to physicians when symptoms exceed the clinic’s scope of services.

For more information, please call Ken Berndt at (920) 621-1615.