How much will that cost? Finding out medical prices in advance

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

SUMMARY: How much will that cost? It’s a question consumers aren’t used to asking in the health care marketplace. Many of us grew up with the $10 co-pay, but that’s rapidly becoming a thing of the past. With rising deductibles, more out-of-network providers, more uninsured people and more out-of-pocket spending, it’s increasingly a question we […]

Retail clinics and membership medical: Different models for health care

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

SUMMARY: Retail clinic health care, direct primary care and membership medical — what happened to the old doctor’s office? Things have changed: New practices include walk-in clinics and urgent-care locations; their rise is a response to changes in the marketplace. We help you sort it all out. Read on for details, or … CLICK HERE FOR […]

Urgent care, primary care, walk-in or retail clinic? Discuss.

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Urgent care, primary care, walk-in or retail clinic? Discuss.

Urgent-care or walk-in? Primary care or retail medicine? What’s the difference? What happened to my old doctor’s office visit? and what’s the difference between membership medical and walk-in clinics? We help you sort it all out. How much does a walk-in clinic visit cost? Well, that depends. While researching the price of a basic initial […]

Retail clinics may cut into primary care, RAND study finds: Reuters

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

“The health clinics in pharmacies and other retail stores may be convenient, but they may also take a bite out of the traditional doctor-patient relationship, a new study suggests,” writes Amy Norton on Reuters Health. “Retail health clinics operate mainly out of chain pharmacies, but they’re also in some grocery stores and ‘big box’ stores […]

A walk-in visit: Urgent Care Manhattan

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A walk-in visit: Urgent Care Manhattan

When two former emergency room doctors decided to start up a walk-in clinic, they were looking for a change from the hustle of the hospital setting. “We realized we could have a kinder, gentler, nicer way to take care of patients,” said Urgent Care Manhattan co-founder Dr. Mark Melrose. Urgent Care Manhattan has been open […]