Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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If your kid is sick, don’t take him or her to the drugstore health clinic, says American Academy of Pediatrics. In fact, it is suggested to take the young ones to doctor’s office.
The American Academy of Pediatrics say drugstore health clinic may be cheaper and easier, but those are inappropriate source of primary care despite explosion of such in places like CVS and Walgreens.
Lead author of the new policy, Dr James J Laughlin, said such healthcare clinics may also lead to fragmented care and is usually attended by nurse practitioners who are not trained specifically in pediatrician.
Laughlin is a pedriatrician too from Bloomington, Ind. He said the academy feels strongly it is better to opt for medical home model of care, unless the healthcare clinics are willing to work with doctors collectively.
However, the firms running most of the retail-based clinics say they do work with the doctors, but not for the low-level problems such as strep throat and ear infections.
There are about 1,600 such healthcare sites nationwide.
Meanwhile, the American Nurses Association said as per the studies nurse practitioners do offer high-quality care in such healthcare settings. They added further that the new policy of AAP is just another attempt to preserve the status quo.
The parents too are supporting the retail-based clinics as it is open on weekends and also after work. This is not with the doctors’ offices mostly. More to this, a clinic visit is cheaper than visiting a pediatrician.