Retail clinics don’t reduce ER use for low-acuity conditions

From Modern Healthcare (hat tip: Dr. Menadue):

Some researchers and policymakers had hoped the surge of retail clinics across the country would reduce visits to the emergency department. A new study finds that hasn’t been the case.

The report, published Monday in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, found ERs in close proximity to retail clinics didn’t experience a reduction of visits from patients with low-acuity illnesses like influenza, urinary tract infections and ear aches.

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