Retail-based clinics not the best choice, American Academy of Pediatrics says

PHOENIX - A new warning from the American Academy of Pediatrics is asking parents to stay away from so called retail clinics.

In an updated policy, statement officials with the AAP said that retail clinics like the ones found in many pharmacies and grocery stores are not as good as pediatricians because medical staff at the clinics may not be as familiar with your child as a regular physician.

“These clinics do not provide children with the high-quality, regular preventive health care children need. As young patients and their health issues become more complex, the possibility arises that even a simple complaint may be related to a more serious underlying condition that could be overlooked by someone who is less familiar with the patient,” said the AAP.

Several chains of retail clinics operate in the Valley. CVS , Walgreens , and Fry’s all have clinics inside of their stores.

In a response given to USA Today, Tina Hansen Turton with the Convenient Care Association said retail clinics are an excellent option for families looking for cheaper or more efficient medical care.

“They are more convenient options for parents with sick children. Rather than the alternative which is often waiting for an appointment while the child is sick or spending hours in a high cost emergency room for a minor pediatric complaint,” said Turton.

Over the last decade the number of retail clinics has increased to more than 6,000 nationwide.

The AAP said that while most of the patients at retail clinics are adults, more than 15% of children are likely to use a retail clinic in the future.

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