Quick Care Clinics
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) opposes retail-based clinics, or quick clinics, as an appropriate source of medical care for children. Some families use these quick clinics for minor childhood ailments because they believe it's cheaper. However, many of these families end up back in the pediatrician's office after visiting a quick care clinic, so they actually end up paying double the price. In addition, a 2009 survey conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that over half of the surveyed physicians who reported seeing families within 24 hours of a quick-clinic visit disagreed with the prescribed course of treatment.
Other concerns with retail-based clinics include:
- Ordering too many tests to determine a diagnosis, which can become expensive, plus offering no follow up on the test results.
- Lack of access to and maintenance of a complete, accessible, central health record containing all pertinent health information.
- Inappropriately prescribing unnecessary antibiotics.
- Possible public health issues that could occur when patients with contagious diseases are in a commercial, retail environment with little or no isolation, especially grocery stores.