Study: Retail clinics don't save healthcare costs

Retail clinics are serving patients that might otherwise not seek medical care, but contrary to what some health insurers and policymakers believe, they actually increase spending by driving new healthcare utilization, a new study published by Health Affairs found. Researchers found that in 58 percent of retail clinic visits, patients say they wouldn't have gotten care elsewhere if they didn't go to the clinic. But the bad news for providers: 42 percent of patients visited a retail clinic instead of making an appointment at a doctor's office or going to an emergency room. Read the full article at FierceHealthPayer