Matthew Davis, MD, is director of the National Poll on Children's Health, which looked into parents' opinions on taking their children to retail clinics. "We found that the vast majority of parents were taking their children to a retail clinic as a substitute for regular care, either at a doctor's office, emergency department or urgent care clinic," he says in a news release.
An outside group administered the survey randomly to 2,064 nationally representative adults with and without children. The survey was taken in April 2008. The findings appear in the Aug. 11 edition of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital's online publication.
Twenty-nine percent of parents surveyed said they have a retail clinic in their community. In those neighborhoods, one out of six parents have taken their children there for medical care. And one out of four parents say they would have taken their children to the emergency room if the clinic had not been available.
Here are some highlights of the survey:
2 out of 3 parents who used a retail clinic said they "were likely or very likely" to return.
Among parents who had never taken a child to a retail clinic but who lived near one, 1 out of 7 said they are "likely or very likely" to use one.
40% of all retail clinic visits surveyed were covered completely by insurance.