Health beat: Retail clinics aren't just an Rx fad

  • Article by: Jeremy Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 27, 2012 - 12:23 PM
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penguinjoJan. 27, 12 9:02 AM

Child might have an ear infection (again). Choice A: Schedule appointment, pull child out of school, miss work and pay $20 co-pay. All the "extended hours" appointments are always full. Choice B; Keep child in school, miss no work, go to urgent care and wait up to 3+ hours with other miserable feeling people and pay $20-50 co-pay. Choice C: Keep child in school, miss no work, stop by a Minute Clinic on my way home, wait 15 minutes and pay a $10. I choose option C. This isn't for every situation, but it's very good for strep throat, pink eye, ear infections and the like.

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regionguyJan. 27, 1211:12 AM

Thse places are good to have as an option, as noted by penguinjo. But the reference in the article to using them as primary care is disturbing. People need to have a provider who sees them over time and can address issues that are more chronic, which includes preventive care.

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