Raising Women’s Voices

Walk-in retail clinics not the solution

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on May 26, 2009

Carla Johnson from the Associated Press reported yesterday on a study done by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation regarding walk-in retail clinics and the effects they have on health care provision in poor areas of the United States. The study reports that these clinics are not in the poorest, neediest communities, but instead in communities that can afford health care of all different types.

“”Many people have promoted retail clinics as a cure for access to care for the underserved,” said Dr. Ateev Mehrotra of the University of Pittsburgh, who studies retail clinics but wasn’t involved in the new research. “These findings show that’s unlikely to happen.””

The study was based on 930 of these retail clinics, finding fewer than 15% of these clinics in medically underserved communities. Read the paper abstract here.

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