Convenience and quality of patient care were two of the main reasons that more parents are taking their children to retail health clinics instead of a pediatrician’s office, according to a recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The study found that 74% of parents first considered going to their child’s pediatrician before deciding to go to a retail clinic instead.
Other notable statistics from the survey:
- 36.6% of parents chose a retail clinic because it was convenient for them
- 25.2% chose a drugstore clinic because they were unable to make an office appointment with a regular physician
- 13.0% believed their child’s health problem was not serious enough to go to a pediatrician
- 15.4% did not want to bother the physician after office hours
In addition to convenience and cost advantages, retail clinics offer the benefit of both an onsite doctor and pharmacist, which streamlines service delivery.