Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Patients demand for on-demand care

As patients are becoming used to quicker turn-around times in other retail industries, expectations regarding health care waiting times are rising.  As PwC reports: Heightened desire for “on-demand” healthcare in the form of telemedicine, mobile health, social media and retail clinics has fueled the move toward healthcare anywhere, anytime. Nearly one in four consumers surveyed […]

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Who goes to retail health care clinics?

The Carpe Diem looks at who is going to retail health care clinics. “Roughly 90% of the patients came for one of 10 relatively simple treatments… ‘Most of the conditions cared for in retail clinics likely do not require the level of training of a physician.’” Insurance companies are starting to support these retail health […]

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Insurers to cover retail clinic visits

The Boston Globe reports that some of Massachusetts largest insurers are beginning to cover medical visits made at retail clinics at CVS and Walgreens drug stores.  Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota is waiving copays for visits to retail clinics.  The American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) is not happy about this. Carpe Diem says the […]

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Minute Clinics come to San Diego

Looks like the convenience clinic trend is coming to my neck of the woods in Southern California.  According to the San Diego Union-Tribune (“Are retail clinics a healthy choice?“) six Minute Clinics are opening in San Diego county with ten more on the way before year’s end. These clinics likely will lower the cost of […]

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