Medical Care Provision Research Paper by scribbler

A look at the growth of retail clinics.
# 152049 | 3,544 words | 17 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Nov 25, 2012 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Medical and Health (Pharmacy)

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This paper describes how technological advances allow patients to find medical care in a variety of clinical settings and that research indicates that nurse practitioners and physician assistants are able to provide certain routine healthcare services without a doctor's direct supervision. It goes on to identify some of the problems associated with this kind of treatment provision and provides details of studies carried out as to costs and quality of care.

Problem Definition
Stakeholders' Opinions
Policy Goals
Alternate Policy

From the Paper:

''Consumers share many traits, including being capable of behaving responsibly in their self-interest and willing to take an active role according to the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions 2009 Survey of Healthcare Consumers. Deloitte reports: "For most consumers, the system of care in the U.S. is complicated and often frustrating. When making purchasing decisions, most rely on perceptions of service, quality, and costs based on their personal experiences with doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, and others, although consumers' use of
more objective information is on the rise." Although most consumers require good quality care, they are not judging the care they receive by the same criteria. Deloitte says that consumers participate with the healthcare system based on their greatly varied individual beliefs and values.
''According to Deloitte (2009) Most believe that traditional Western medicine is adequate and comprehensive, but others want nonconventional and more holistic approaches for healthcare provision. Some rely on the Internet for comparing and contrasting when making decisions on treatments, self-care and health plan features, while other consumers do not spend time on such issues. There are consumers who place healthy living high on their personal goal list, are motivated by price when buying healthcare products and services, and others who do not see any of these concerns as a priority. Deloitte (2009) identified six different consumer groups: 1) Sick and savvy, which consists of 25% of the population. These include the highest users of the healthcare system who want to make decisions with their healthcare providers; 2) Online and onboard, which includes 8% of the population. These are high healthcare system users, who prefer traditional care, but are open to nonconventional approaches such as retail clinics; 3) Out and about, which makes up 8% of the population. These consumers seek holistic and natural remedies, will often delay a doctor's recommendation and may travel out of the U.S. for treatment; 4) Content and compliant, which are 28% of the population. They are moderate healthcare users, who prefer traditional care and rarely question advice provided; 5) Shop and save, or 2% of the population. These consumers moderately use healthcare services, seek lower-cost physicians, are less satisfied with their healthcare, and may not fill prescriptions due to costs; and 6) Casual and cautious, which consists of 28% of the population. They are the lowest healthcare users, but tend to use traditional care and seek lower-cost doctors.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alexander, A., & Johnsen, M. (2007, Summer). The time has come for convenient care. Retail Clinician.
  • Anderson, G. (2007, June 26). Docs want retail clinics closed. RetailWire.
  • Bohmer, R. (2007). The rise of in-store clinics--Threat or opportunity? New England Journal of Medicine, 356: 8.
  • Currie, D. 2009. Studies find retail-based health clinics can offer lower-cost care. Nation's Health, 39(9):6
  • Deloitte Center for Health Solutions 2009 Survey of Healthcare Consumers.

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