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Retail Clinics Are Still Here. Now What? | AJMC; Medica Research Institute

Have retail clinics changed the structure of our health system? Have they changed the way players in the system compete or interact with each other?
This article was written by Jon Christianson, PhD, Medica Research Institute senior fellow and James A. Hamilton chair in health policy and management at the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 – There are 2 narratives surrounding retail clinics. Under one, they embody the “mallification of health care,”1 “medicalization of symptoms,”2 fragmentation of care3, and perhaps patient cream-skimming.2 A second characterization of retail clinics is that they are positive “disruptive innovations” in healthcare,4 conjuring up visions of more convenient, accessible medical care for patients5 and consequently better access and lower costs across the healthcare system. – See more at:

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