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Physicians Quicker Than Retail Clinics?

Published January 23, 2008 7:45 AM by Jill Rollet

Medical groups have been throwing up all kinds of arguments against retail health clinics staffed by NPs. Here's a new one: Physicians are even quicker.

In an article in yesterday's (Riverside, Calif.) Press-Enterprise, Dev Gnanadev, president-elect of the California Medical Association says, "Health care is not McDonald's." But then he goes on immediately to say, "Most primary care issues can be handled with physicians on the phone. They can call in a prescription without an office visit."


I must admit that I agree many physicians I've worked with in the past are quicker. Literally, in and out the patient's exam room in less than 2 minutes. Making sure he has the last word as he exits and closes the door behind him, prescriptions already signed. And later in the day the chart is completed with a full H and P that would impress the most fastidious insurance company representative.

David Mabe, Family Practice - FNP-C, Medical Center June 7, 2008 3:55 PM
Asheboro NC

Like to hear comments of NP's working in critical care unit/ICU!!!

Sandra Blandon February 6, 2008 8:39 PM

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