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Retail Clinics Hit 10 Million Forbes Art...

Retail Clinics Hit 10 Million Annual Visits But Just 2% Of Primary Care Market Comment Now Follow Comments The proliferation of retail health means Americans are visiting retail clinics more than 10 million times a year at 1,800-plus locations, yet this convenient and low cost care model accounts for just a fraction of primary care in the U.S., according to a new report. Manatt Health, a health care consulting firm, said retail clinics represent about 2% of “all primary care encounters” in the U.S. even with the cost of care at a retail clinic about one-third that of...
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Reducing Emergency Room Visits In Housto...

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES REPORTS In Houston, a new program is trying to cut down on unnecessary emergency room visits by giving firefighters electronic tablets when making house calls so they can connect people with doctors instead of taking them to the ER. Above, an entrance sign to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is seen in Dallas, Oct. 4, 2014.Reuters/Jim Young The emergency room is supposed to be used for just that: emergencies. Yet by most estimates, the majority of visits to ERs involve cases that could have been prevented or treated at an ordinary...