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In-Store Clinics Should Not Replace Your Pediatrician

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Would you risk your child's welfare by skipping the pediatrician and going to a store for your healthcare? Consistency is the key to proper health care and your pediatrician knows your child.
Air Date: April 03, 2013
Duration: 10 Minutes
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Kristen Walsh, MD
Kristen Walsh, M.D., F.A.A.P. is a pediatrician in private practice in Chester, NJ. She is the Child Care Contact for the state of New Jersey for the American Academy of Pediatrics a liaison between child care providers, state government, and the AAP. She is also on the Executive Committee of the AAP's New Jersey chapter. She volunteers as the school physician for the Somerset Hills Learning Institute, a school for autistic children in Bedminster, NJ.
In many states, shoppers at local drug or discount stores may find themselves standing next to a health care clinic.

These in-store clinics, also known as retail-based clinics, are often staffed by physician's assistants and nurse practitioners who, in a normal medical office setting, would practice alongside a physician.

However in the case of retail-based clinics, some states do not require that the supervising physician be on-site during the diagnosis and treatment of many illnesses. 

Staff at these clinics might not be trainied in pediatrics and the risks certainly outweigh the benefits.

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