AMA AND OTHERS CAUTIONS “RETAIL CLNICS; BIG BAD WOLF!”
Let’s start with some of the arguments these groups put forward as reasons for concern in using a Retail Clinic!
I looked in detail at five articles about these warnings. The first covers the period around 2007. Titled AMA Goes After Walmart Style Retail Clinics, it warns of the same concerns. “Our primary focus is patient safety and patient care, and the retail clinics have a different mission of selling products and prescriptions,” said Dr. Rodney Osborn. The AMA stance at that time was to lobby for increases regulations of these Retail Clinics. Typically doctors often site regulations and dealing with insurance as an over regulated problem.
The other articles cover and aim at those clinics owned by CVS, Walgreen’s, Target and other groups. On Feb. 23, 2014 (my 52 birthday updated a statement disapproving of the Retail Clinics. Again the list above covers their reasons for concern.
An article written in Aug. of 2012 shows these statistics.
I now have a few questions and statements I think need to be considered.
I would think again about what the AMA and AAP says about these clinics. I would think also about getting prescriptions where pharmacists are doing a lot of vaccinations. I am a pharmacist and will get plenty of feedback for this I am sure.
The bottom line is go to places that you feel comfortable. I can personally vouch for a Nurse Practitioner owned clinic. Excellent care is what my husband (also a pharmacist), my son and I get when we go there. This does not stop me from having a family practice physician. I have gone to this man since 1987 and will not go elsewhere besides that NP owned clinic in Yukon, OK. They do not compete but compliment each other.
Below are the 5 articles used to write this essay; along with my personal knowledge and opinion.
Ollamok AKA Sandra
http://www.amednews.com/article/20120827/business/308279963/7/ http://healthland.time.com/2014/02/23/pediatrics-group-advises-agai... http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2013/08/drug-store-retail-clinics-prima... http://consumerist.com/2007/06/27/american-medical-association-goes... /http://virtualmentor.ama-assn.org/2013/11/pdf/vm-1311.pdf