Avoid retail-based clinics for kids' care, pediatricians advise

February 24, 2014 6:21 AM

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Avoid retail-based clinics for kids' care, pediatricians advise

Retail-based health clinics in pharmacies or big box stores may seem more convenient and less expensive compared to seeing a pediatrician, but these clinics do not provide children with the high-quality, regular preventive health care that they need, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics in an updated policy statement released online today.

Retail-based clinics or convenient care clinics are usually run by nurse practitioners or physician assistants that see patients quickly without appointments and often for less money than pediatric offices or emergency departments. This policy statement is not totally unbiased since these establish...

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