Policy Documents

Research & Commentary: Retail Health Clinics

prepared by The Heartland Institute –
March 1, 2007

Some critics claim these clinics sacrifice quality for expediency, and collectively pose a threat to high standards of care offered in a traditional doctor’s office setting.

However, this Research & Commentary package demonstrates:

  • Retail health clinics actually help doctors’ offices by decreasing the burden associated with treatment of uncomplicated or very minor illnesses and routine check-ups;
  • Nurse practitioners at retail health clinics are trained professionals who can quickly and efficiently offer quality care for most common ailments; and
  • With the rise in consumerism in health care, retail health clinics offer an excellent way for patients with health savings accounts (HSAs) to receive quality care in a cost-effective way.