Attention Wal-Mart Shoppers… Ear Infections In Aisle 4. Sore Throat In Aisle 5.

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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: Retail health clinics as good as doc office – Health care- msnbc.com

“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?

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8 thoughts on “Attention Wal-Mart Shoppers… Ear Infections In Aisle 4. Sore Throat In Aisle 5.

  1. I took my mom when she had an obvious sinus infection and she got good, quick care where we would have waited hours in the ER. The problem is that you/the patient kind of have to know what's wrong with you before you go. Anything that can't be detected with a quick, automated lab test is probably going to be beyond the scope of the services they can provide. If you need anything beyond that, go to an urgent care center.

  2. I took my mom when she had an obvious sinus infection and she got good, quick care where we would have waited hours in the ER. The problem is that you/the patient kind of have to know what’s wrong with you before you go. Anything that can’t be detected with a quick, automated lab test is probably going to be beyond the scope of the services they can provide. If you need anything beyond that, go to an urgent care center.

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