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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: