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Huntsville discusses overhaul for healthcare plan

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The city wants to make major improvements to its healthcare clinic in order to save money. The city wants to make major improvements to its healthcare clinic in order to save money.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A major overhaul for the city of Huntsville's healthcare plan is on the horizon. The city is looking to drive down rising healthcare costs.

Council members are discussing money-saving options.

The city wants to make major improvements to its healthcare clinic in order to save money.

They want employees to go there instead of the ER or another doctor for basic treatment.

Right now the clinic is at a facility in John Hunt Park. Services are limited. Part-time physicians are only available three days a week. 

City officials are hoping to move the clinic to a better location and want to offer full time doctors, five days a week.

They said this move along with a push for wellness education and healthy lifestyle changes, will cut back on city healthcare costs.

Last year, those costs were at $16-million.

"If we expand upon those options in the future and look at some co-pay differential between going to an emergency room or a private physician versus going to the clinic when it's available," said city administrator Rex Reynolds.

Several healthcare providers bid on the project.

The city has narrowed it down to two of them.

They will decide which one can potentially save them more and move forward with the plan.

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