Worried about your health care? How about the impending changes to our overall health care system? Concerned about costs?
Well it seems that these retail health clinic’s dubbed ‘Minute-Clinic’s’ are the answer to reducing costs AND receiving quality-type care. Care that is on the level, or very close to the care you receive from the Doctor’s office, or hospital Emergency Department.
“study of the care provided in U.S. retail clinics, found “no difference in the quality offered to patients visiting retail clinics, physician offices and urgent care centers.” For some services, retail clinics even did slightly better than hospital emergency rooms”
These retail clinics have of course been a source of concern for some physician’s groups.
“have raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest and the quality of care at retail clinics, where immunizations and treatment for routine illnesses like middle ear infections and sore throats are generally offered by nurse practitioners rather than doctors”
So these retail clinics are providing a quality of care for common illnesses at a much lower price and in a much more efficient timely manner. Not to mention they operate in conjunction with a Pharmacy – therefore you can get your prescription refilled right there. Most of these facilities accept most insurances due to their relationship with the Pharmacy.
So what do you think? Would you go? Have you gone?