Retail Clinics:Affordable, Convenient ER Alternative
"Hospital emergency room (ER) use is both costly and timeconsuming. Often, however, the ER is the only way to reach a physician after hours. As a result, patients overuse emergency rooms: Of the 119 million visits to hospital ERs in a given year, 55% are for nonemergencies. A 2006 survey of California hospitals found that nearly half of ER patients (46%) thought they could have resolved their medical problem with a visit to their primary care physician, but were unable to obtain timely access (see chart above).
Increasingly, however, patients have less costly and more convenient options for routine medical needs - retail clinics and urgent-care clinics."
~ "Retail Clinics: Convenient and Affordable Care" by Devon Herrick at NCPA