What Are Walk-In Clinics?

by Jayesh Bagde

Posted on Friday 31st of October 2008


Walk-in clinics play an essential role in providing primary health care service.

Walk-in clinic is the common term used in referring to health care service providers. These health care service providers are also called convenient care clinics. The reason for such a regarding these clinics might be the fact that these clinics are usually situated in retail stores, supermarkets, pharmacies and workplaces in strategic areas around the United States. These clinics are easily accessible to the potential patients.

The walk-in clinics treat the most common illnesses and diseases. These convenient care clinics also provide preventive health care services. The common illnesses that are usually treated in walk-in clinics are those that ordinarily occur within the family. These illnesses are cold and flu, sinus infections, allergies, minor burns and rashes, pinkeye, sore throat, headache, head lice, ringworm, warts, sprains and strains, bronchitis, ear infections, and urinary tract infections.

Some walk-in clinics have services for preventive health care. These services are flu or tetanus vaccinations, regular physical examinations for school or work purposes, and even pregnancy tests. These walk-in clinics often advertise the services they provide, on board in front of their clinics or their websites. Patients are advised to call the particular clinic they are intending to consult. The call is to make sure that the health service they need is on offer at that particular clinic.

Treatments at walk-in clinics are generally priced at lower prices than that of costs in regular clinics wherein you need to have appointments with doctors before treating patients. Walk-in patients should know before hand of the price range for the particular treatment he/she needs before the actual consultation is made.

Generally, convenient care clinics accept cash, checks, and even insurance. Make sure that your insurance company honors reimbursement of expenses incurred in a walk-in clinic. Some walk-in clinics list treatments that are covered by insurance.

When an ailment is serious, walk-in clinic consultation is not recommended. The sick should go straight to his/her regular doctor for treatment and the necessary medication. Emergency cases should be treated in an appropriate emergency medical clinic.

The personnel of walk-in clinics are nurse practitioners or physician assistants. Some of these clinics have physicians. The Nurse practitioner staff of a walk-in clinic is a registered nurse. The nurse practitioner does a wide array of health care service. The services of a nurse practitioner include health promotion, patient evaluation, treatment, diagnosis, education, counseling, case management and coordination of care.

Patients treated by advanced practice nurses and primary care physicians have achieved the same results. Physician Assistants who worked under the supervision of a primary care physician are trained professional health service providers. They are tasked to give quality health care to persons availing primary care of walk-in clinics.

Walk-in clinics have an essential role in the overall health care service of the medical sector. Walk-in clinics bring closer to the people who need primary and urgent health care. Literally, these walk-in clinics are situated in places most accessible to everyone.

Walk-in clinics are estimated to increase in number in the days ahead. Almost all sectors of society benefit from these walk-in clinics. Statistics indicate that there is consumer interest consumer in these convenient care clinics.

More than one of three surveyed consumers welcomes the idea of using such walk-in clinics. One in six consumers had actually used said walk-in clinics. There is high interest among the so-called Baby Boomers generation, almost 38 percent. There is least interest among the senior citizens to use such walk-in clinics. The youth sector has the highest interest in using said clinics.



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