Retail Health Care Clinics


Operating out of pharmacies, grocery stores, and "big box" stores, retail health clinics provide care for simple acute conditions, typically delivered by a nurse practitioner. RAND research examines all angles of this relatively new mode of care delivery, including the effect of retail clinics on preventive services, doctor-patient relationships, and costs.

  • Journal Article

    Retail Medical Care Clinics Do Not Reduce ER Visits

    There has been hope that retail clinics would help lower health care costs by diverting care from costly emergency departments to more convenient and lower-cost retail clinics, but new findings do not support that idea.

    Nov 14, 2016

  • Research Brief

    The Evolving Role of Retail Clinics

    Retail clinics are playing a growing role in the health care marketplace. But they have also generated controversy. Research can provide a factual basis for assessing this new mode of care delivery.

    Nov 10, 2016

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