February 25, 2014

MUNCHAUSEN BY DOCTORS:

Pediatrics Group Balks at Rise of Retail Health Clinics : Medical Outposts Don't Provide Pediatricians' Continuity of Care (MELINDA BECK and TIMOTHY W. MARTIN, Feb. 24, 2014, WSJ)

Retail health clinics that are popping up in drugstores and other outlets shouldn't be used for children's primary-care needs, the American Academy of Pediatrics said, arguing that such facilities don't provide the continuity of care that pediatricians do.

While retail clinics may be more convenient and less costly, the AAP said they are detrimental to the concept of a "medical home," where patients have a personal physician who knows them well and coordinates all their care.

"We want to do all we can to support the concept of 'medical home' for kids," said James Laughlin, lead author of the statement, published in the journal Pediatrics Monday.

The notion that the doctor's office should be a second home describes most of the problem with health care.
Posted by at February 25, 2014 6:56 PM
  
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