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

55 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2017

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Diane Alexander

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Janet Currie

Princeton University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Molly Schnell

Northwestern University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: July 2017

Abstract

The retail clinic is an innovation that has the potential to improve competition in health care markets. Given concern about inefficient use of the emergency room (ER) increasing health care costs, we use all ER visits in New Jersey from 2006-2014 to examine the impact of retail clinics on ER usage. We find that people residing close to an open clinic are 4.1-12.3 percent less likely to use an ER for preventable conditions and for minor acute conditions. Our estimates suggest annual cost savings of over $70 million from reduced ER usage if retail clinics were readily available across New Jersey.

Suggested Citation

Alexander, Diane and Currie, Janet and Schnell, Molly, Check Up Before You Check Out: Retail Clinics and Emergency Room Use (July 2017). NBER Working Paper No. w23585. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3003723

Diane Alexander (Contact Author)

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Janet Currie

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Molly Schnell

Northwestern University - Department of Economics ( email )

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