Kaiser Health News, November 7, 2013
The percent of American families using retail clinics in the previous year nearly tripled between 2007 and 2010, from 1.2 percent of U.S. families to 2.9 percent, the study found. However, despite increased use, the study found overall utilization of the clinics remains modest. Ha T. Tu, a senior health researcher for the center and one of the study's co-authors, said one reason clinics haven't taken off is that patients who already have a primary care doctor don't see a need to visit one. The study found that the main reasons patients chose to use retail health clinics included the convenience of evening and weekend hours walk-in appointments and nearby locations.