The Case Against Drugstore Clinics - the Atlantic
While retail clinics can offer affordable, easily accessible care to people who need it, those who can afford to pay for traditional doctors’ visits will often receive a more holistic approach to their health. Behind the choice of care delivery models lies a more fundamental question: Do we want to be treated as healthcare consumers or patients?
I currently don’t have health insurance but have chronic conditions that require regular lab work and prescriptions. When visiting the doctor’s office 3-4 times yearly I thankfully have the option of seeing a nurse practitioner for a lower fee. There is a comfort level in having the relationship with all the staff there but soon I may have to seriously consider cheaper options.
Of course, universal healthcare could resolve some of this but we can’t have that since we already have “the greatest healthcare system in the world”.