Aaron Carroll Defends Retail Clinics

December 13, 2011
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So almost 20% of people need to wait at least a week to see a doctor when they are sick. Try getting a same day appointment if you can. Or, even better, try getting an appointment before or after work. Or on a weekend …

Almost two thirds of Americans have trouble getting care on nights, weekends, and holidays. You know what? A significant amount of the week is filled with nights, weekends, and holidays….

So almost 20% of people need to wait at least a week to see a doctor when they are sick. Try getting a same day appointment if you can. Or, even better, try getting an appointment before or after work. Or on a weekend …

Almost two thirds of Americans have trouble getting care on nights, weekends, and holidays. You know what? A significant amount of the week is filled with nights, weekends, and holidays….

It’s fine to believe that people should try and see the doctor in the office. But if you want that to happen, then you need the office to be available. If retail clinics do a much better job in that respect, you can’t complain when people make use of them.

Full post on the convenience of retail clinics here.