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Positive Report on Retail Health Clinics

Posted Oct 06 2009 10:01pm
The September 30, 2009 Denver Post has a positive story on retail health clinics. One excerpt from " Coloradans shop for health care in retail-store clinics":
National researchers have now officially blessed both the quality and the pricing of fast-growing retail clinics. They say the care is as good as, and sometimes better than, emergency rooms and regular doctors' offices, and the fees are dramatically lower.

While the limited-care retail centers may not solve the entire health care mess on their own, Dr. Ateev Mehrotra said they are "intriguing."

Burgeoning retail health outlets are "providing care at a lower cost, at a higher quality, where it's more convenient," Mehrotra said. He wrote a RAND Corp. study in August praising costs and outcomes at retail clinics treating ear infections, sore throats and urinary tract infections.
(Read the full text of " Coloradans shop for health care in retail-store clinics".)

These clinics represent a small step in the direction of free market health care. It's no surprise that the result is good quality care, shorter waits, and lower costs.

(Via Brian Schwartz.)
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