The growth of retail clinics and the medical home: Two trends in concert or in conflict?

Craig E. Pollack, Courtney Gidengil, Ateev Mehrotra

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Abstract

There has been growing interest in the patient-centered medical home as a way to provide coordinated, high-quality primary care. At the same time, the number of retail clinics has increased dramatically. Many are concerned that retail clinics undermine the medical home by fragmenting care. In this article we explore the juxtaposition of these trends, highlighting shared characteristics and sources of tension.We describe three types of relationships between retail clinics and primary care providers. We argue that for some relationships there is no conflict, and we describe areas of potential concern for others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)999-1003
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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