Convenience of Retail Clinics Draws More Kids

Monday, August 11th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Convenience and lower costs are driving even more parents to seek routine healthcare for their children — including vaccinations and physicals — at retail clinics in their communities, according to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

  • The number of retail clinics is growing. Nearly 30 percent of parents report having a retail clinic in their community, making this emerging source of healthcare for children often simpler and more accessible than an appointment at a doctor’s office.
  • In communities with nearby retail clinics, one in six parents have taken their children there for care, while one in four parents are likely in the future to take their children to a nearby retail clinic for care.
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