Retail Clinics Appeal to the Doctorless
December 1, 2008
Just 39 percent of patients surveyed at retail clinics between 2000 and 2007 had a primary care physician (PCP), according to a groundbreaking new study. In contrast, about 80 percent of people surveyed nationwide have a PCP. These figures come from the first-ever study, conducted by the RAND Corporation, to inspect the demographics behind visits to these pharmacy- or storebased clinics. Surveying more than 1.3 million people, the study also found that retail clinics attract a younger demographic. Those aged 18 to 44 made up 43 percent of visits, compared to 23 percent of total PCP visits for the same age group.