Many Patients Flocking to Retail Clinics for Rx Renewals, Vaccines

Almost a third of visits to retail health clinics are for renewal of a prescription, yet most patients do not believe that these visits will replace regular appointments with their physician or other healthcare provider, according to a new survey by Kalorama Information.

In a web-based panel survey of 2,000 adults between December 2014 and January 2015, 74% percent of those who indicated they had visited a retail clinic did so for a vaccination, 55% for cold or flu symptoms, and 32% for a prescription renewal. While some clinicians may be concerned that these retail clinics could replace visits to doctor’s offices, only a small group of survey respondents believed that visits to the retail clinic would replace regular appointments with their physician or other healthcare provider.

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Bruce Carlson, Publisher of Kalorama Information, stated that retail clinics are increasingly providing point-of-care (POC) tests, clinical chemistry and immunoassay laboratory tests. and vaccines. However, retail clinics typically only occupy a small space within a store and do not use most of the high-tech medical equipment found in hospitals. specialty centers, or other healthcare facilities. By 2019, it is expected that a growing number of retail clinics will be located at facilities other than drug stores as other types of businesses embrace the trend.

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