YAKIMA, Wash.-- The city of Yakima opened their brand new employee healthcare clinic today.
The clinic will provide city employees with check ups and prescriptions.
The city believes it's the first local government to open its own in-house clinic.
City leaders decided to open the clinic to cut down on the 11 million dollars they spend on healthcare costs every year.
"We've set up a program where we pay the doctors direct, we pay the fees direct, we buy the meds direct.. And then we don't have to pay any markup whatsoever," says Deputy Human Resources Director Cheryl Ann Mattia.
The city expects the clinic will save them nearly two million dollars over the next three years.
A Montana-based company called miCare will operate the clinic and Memorial Hospital will provide the medical staff.