Research: Retail clinics provide quality care

August 31, 2009 2:08:30 PM PDT
Retail clinics have become a popular source for medical care. But do they provide quality care? Located in pharmacies or grocery chains, these clinics are able to treat minor health problems such as ear infections or fever.

New research in the Annals of Internal Medicine say, yes, the quality of care at these walk up clinics is similar to physician offices. And the care was considered better than what you might get in an emergency room.

Plus, on average, treatment at the clinics was five times less expensive than the ER.

The findings suggest that for common illnesses retail clinics offer care that is comparable to tradition healthcare at a more affordable price.


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