NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - More than 6,000 Boeing employees have a new healthcare option in a move leaders are calling revolutionary.
The company announced a partnership with the Roper St. Francis Health Care Alliance Wednesday morning.
"It's just a huge win for our employees being healthy and productive at home and at the plant, and a big win for the company in terms of the financials," Boeing Director of Healthcare Jeff White said.
Normally, an employer has a third party or an insurance company to work out a healthcare plans for employees. But Boeing officials say the new deal, which is a first for the Tri-County, removes the middle man, allowing them to pair quality with low costs, the same concept they say they use in building their Dreamliners.
Some of the perks of the Boeing Preferred Partnership include same or next-day appointments and a customer service center and nurse line just for Boeing employees. It also offers direct access to more than 600 physicians and lower costs for doctor visits and prescription drugs.
"This is an opportunity to reach into the workforce who are not our patients, and keep them healthy so they don't have to become our patients," SC Hospital Association President Thornton Kirby said.
Leaders expect this deal to save employees anywhere between $350 and $1,000 each year.
The healthcare plan will take effect Jan. 1.