HCFO Findings Brief: Trends in Retail Clinic Use Among the Commercially Insured

Vol. XV, No. 1
February 2012

Retail clinics, such as CVS’s Minute Clinics or Walgreen’s TakeCare Clinics, deliver health care that is often less expensive and is available on a drop-in basis as well as in the evening and on weekends. In a HCFO-funded study, researchers led by Ateev Mehrotra, M.D., and J. Scott Ashwood examined how retail clinics are used, what types of patients are likely to utilize their services, and whether a shortage of primary care in a community was associated with greater retail clinic use. The results of this study, building on the prior work of retail clinics, were published in the November 2011 issue of the American Journal of Managed Care