Nonphysician Clinicians

Minute Clinics come to San Diego

Looks like the convenience clinic trend is coming to my neck of the woods in Southern California.  According to the San Diego Union-Tribune (“Are retail clinics a healthy choice?“) six Minute Clinics are opening in San Diego county with ten more on the way before year’s end.

These clinics likely will lower the cost of obtaining a flu shot.  Not only will providing the flu shot be less expensive for the provider, the patient will have fewer time costs waiting for a doctor or driving to an inconvenient physician location.  These clinics are likely just as safe as a physician’s office if the patient is healthy.  However, if a patient has multiple diseases and needs a more in depth check-up, these convenience clinics will be poor substitutes in terms of quality.  There is always a tradeoff.