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Goodyear On-Site Healthcare To Stay Open For Now

Many Goodyear employees, like Leonard Baldwin, enjoy the benefits of an on-site healthcare center.

"I think it's great. It's always there. I have no trouble getting scheduled in," says Baldwin.

The Goodyear Family Medical Center is staffed with 17 employees, including two board certified family physicians.

The clinic sees 70 percent of current Goodyear employees, and about 50 percent of retirees at hard-to-beat prices.

For the last 16 years, Goodyear employees have been able to go to the clinic and get some of the very best health care around. For just five dollars a visit, they can get almost any service including, chest x-rays, lab panels, and EKG's.

There's even a full-service pharmacy where employees can pick-up prescriptions at significant savings.

For generic drugs, current and retired hourly workers save 20 percent more than retail pharmacies. Salaried employees save nearly 50 percent.

Barbara Jedlicka is the practice administrator. She says when word of the plant closure spread, her office was flooded with phone calls from panic strickened patients.

"What we need them to know is that we're here, and we're here the for the duration," says Barbara.

Barbara says the workers on strike have about two months of insurance benefits left. As long as they keep paying their monthly premiums, they can continue seeing their doctor just like normal.

"Retirees are continued under the old contract so, until there's a new contract, nothing changes for the retirees," says Barbara.

Barbara says the clinic will stay open for at least six months. She hopes it will be long enough for patients like Leonard to find new healthcare providers.

Goodyear employees can choose to go to other doctors as well. So, the plant closure will be felt in the East Texas Medical Community.

Last year, Trinity Mother Frances provided 4 million dollars in medical services to Goodyear employees and their families.  They say only time will tell how much the plant closure will cost them in the future.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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