A recent report reveals that “adults under 30-years-old are more than twice as likely not to have a primary care physician than their older counterparts”. This was stated in a 2013 report by Vitals. The report further mentioned that 34% of adults aged 18-29 do not have a primary care physician, while only 16% of adults 50 or older report the same.
Why is there such a trend?
Many who are sick or injured often choose retail health clinics or urgent care centers to seek treatment. These types of clinics provide walk-in service and are open during more convenient hours compared to a primary care physician.
Unlike urgent care clinics, retail health clinics offer further affordability with the same type of office co-pay that one would expect at their primary care physician. Also, many of the retail clinics are in convenient locations such as pharmacies and grocery stores. This creates more visibility for these types of clinics and are easily found by patients.
Further Reasons for Growth
The retail health trend is appealing to another demographic as well, parents with younger children who become sick or injured. These busy parents, who often work full-time jobs, find the hours, locations, and walk-in service very convenient and helpful in offering their children faster relief.
Even for those parents that have flexibility in their schedules, being able to see a clinician within minutes is very appealing versus waiting several days, or up to 2 weeks at a more traditional family practice. Traditional family practices are also responding to this need, however, only a small percentage are open long enough hours to satisfy this need.
Busy professionals find the late hours and weekends convenient for treating minor illnesses or injuries, while retaining the services of their primary care physician for chronic illnesses. It also seems as though patients are enjoying the service, as some companies are reporting that 50% of these patients return.
RediClinic is a prime example of a retail health clinic. RediClinics are currently found in HEB grocery stores in Texas and RiteAid Pharmacies in Washington, Maryland/DC and Pennsylvania.
“As one of the pioneers in convenient care, RediClinic has provided more than 1.5 million consumers with easy access to high-quality, affordable healthcare since 2005. Now as a part of Rite Aid, we are bringing our services and programs to new customers in new markets, helping Rite Aid take even better care of its customers” says Web Golinkin, chief executive officer of RediClinic.
RediClinics in these markets are staffed by board certified family nurse practitioners, who are trained and licensed to treat common conditions and provide preventive services, in collaboration with local physicians who are affiliated with leading local healthcare systems. Patients can be treated for more than 30 common medical conditions and clinicians are able to write prescriptions for these conditions when appropriate.
For more information on RediClinic, visit RediClinic.com.