Pediatrics organization advises parents not to rely on retail clinics

Parents should not rely on retail health clinics to provide primary care services for their children, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. The group's policy statement, published in the journal Pediatrics, says that even though the clinics may be less expensive and more convenient, they do not offer the continuity of care provided by pediatricians. These facilities are "an inappropriate source of primary care for pediatric patients, as they fragment medical care and are detrimental to the medical home concept of longitudinal and coordinated care," the group said.

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