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Running Head: HEALTH CARE ACCESS
Health Care Access
HEALTH CARE ACCESS
A walk-in clinic is a healthcare provider that allows one to come in and be attended to by
either a doctor or nurse without an appointment. Walk-in clinic comes in three forms namely;
retail clinic, urgent care and emergency room.
A retail Clinic is a walk-in clinic found inside a large retail store like The Home Depot,
Costco, Target, Wal-Mart and Walgreen just to name a few. These are clinics are meant to be
not only affordable but also efficient as possible. For these reasons, majority of staff are usually
physician assistants, nurse practitioners who are less costly as compared to physicians, and many
a times tend to focus on less advanced medical procedures than urgent care center. Basically,
services vary based on the operator of the location (Callaghan, Burke, Kerber & Skolarus, 2016).
Some of the services provided by retail clinics are assisting with minor injuries and
illnesses such as Sinus infection, Pinkeye, allergies, ear infections, urinary tract infections,
bronchitis, headaches, sprains and strains, bronchitis and skin conditions. In addition, they also
provide services such as immunizations, health screenings, and annual physicals. We have a few