Shorter wait times, walk-ins welcome, and easy acceptance of Medicare are just a few perks of retails clinics. Springing up in CVSs, Walgreens's, and Walmarts all across the country, these clinics were predicted to hugely cut down on costly ER visits.
The idea is that patients are able to turn to these clinics for minor ailments, like urinary tract infections and bronchitis, instead of going to the emergency room, which is significantly more expensive and timely.
But, today, is this the case? Has the rise in retail clinics actually cut down on ER visits?