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Check Up Before You Check Out: Retail Clinics and Emergency Room Use

Diane Alexander, Janet Currie, Molly Schnell

NBER Working Paper No. 23585
Issued in July 2017
NBER Program(s):   HC   HE

Retail clinics are an innovation that has the potential to improve competition in health care markets. We use the universe of emergency room (ER) visits in New Jersey from 2006-2014 to examine the impact of retail clinics on ER usage. We find significant effects of retail clinics on ER visits for both minor and preventable conditions; Residents residing close to an open clinic are 4.1-12.3 percent less likely to use an ER for these conditions. Our estimates suggest annual cost savings from reduced ER usage of over $70 million if retail clinics were made readily available across New Jersey.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w23585

 
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