What Makes A Retail Clinic Different?

Published June 14th, 2016 by USA Rx
Fact Checked by
Chris Riley

Throughout the United States, primary care doctors have been on the decline as physicians move away from the rural communities that need them and medical students gravitate towards the more glamorous and high-paying specializations and away from the position of general practitioner. There have been various attempts to bridge this coverage gap, including nurse practitioners and both online and phone-based consultations, and retail clinics are one more attempt that marries the convenience of an afternoon errand run with a quick visit to the doctor.

Retail clinics first popped up around 15 years ago, and they’ve been steadily growing in popularity ever since. These clinics attract visitors with convenient locations, short waiting times with walk-ins welcome, low prices, and working hours that extend into the evening. They can’t handle a very complicated visit and they don’t have specialists on hand for serious issues, but then most of our clinic visits aren’t that complicated in the first place.

For most of our clinic visits, all we need is for a doctor to look at something that’s bothering us, get a flu shot or a booster shot, or have someone check our weight and blood pressure. Retail clinics offer these services and more, and they do so without taking up too much of your time or demanding that you schedule a visit during your working hours.

However, something most clinics don’t do is offer the USA Rx pharmacy discount card, although they certainly could. Not only can individuals sign up for free, but businesses, hospitals, and clinics can offer our card to employees and visitors as an incentive to fill their prescriptions. Unlike health insurance, we don’t have any deductibles you need to pay out first before our discounts start to apply, and in many cases we can beat the insurance copay. You can find out more by calling us at 888-277-3911 or sending us an email at [email protected]

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