Retail Clinic Strategery
Opening my Providence (Rhode Island) Journal this morning (OK, online), I saw yet another report on physician objections to retail or convenient care clinics. The same article, but with different names, has been showing up about once a week somewhere in the country for the past 3 years.
The article always cites physician charges that NPs aren't capable of treating the range of conditions that might present in the clinics. A variation of the following is always the clinics' response:
"The nurse practitioner, guided by a checklist, diagnoses and treats a limited menu of simple health problems, such as sore throats, urinary tract infections, ear infections, and rashes. ... If the problem looks serious or complicated, the patient is referred elsewhere."
I've always wondered whether this is the best strategy for answering the objection. I understand that it's a quick and easy answer (and at least superficially true). But how about a response citing NPs' education and experience treating far more complicated conditions? Does the retail party line sell NPs short?