Oil Companies Provide Free Exclusive Health Clinics For Workers 9/18/12
CBS 7 News Reporter
September 18, 2012
MIDLAND, TX - Oil companies from across the basin are taking monumental steps to provide health care for their employees.
Large oil companies like Pioneer Natural Resources and Endeavor Energy have opened new health care clinics exclusively for their workers and their families.
"Having the clinic readily available to the employees helps with lost time from sickness and injury and illness," said Dr. Richard Bartlett, Medical Director of Endeavor Energy & Pioneer Natural Resources Clinics.
Doctors say these "9 to 5" clinics are a proactive step towards Obamacare.
"Obamacare requires companies to provide health care for their employees and health insurance for their companies. And so this is allowing them to make sure their employees have access to care, which is the key. We want access to care, whether its insurance, a clinic or access to both," said Bartlett.
Oil experts say the benefit is 2 fold. They say it will save money for workers and attract employees to the companies.
"The oil companies are probably responding to the 3.7% unemployment in Midland and the 4.1% unemployment rate in Odessa. This is just a great way to attract people to their companies and to retain employees, " said oil industry expert Kirk Edwards.
Many of these clinics are non-profit organizations, which are funded completely by the companies themselves.