Check Up Before You Check Out: Retail Clinics and Emergency Room Use
Janet Currie () and
No 23585, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc
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.
JEL-codes: I11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hea
Note: HC HE
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (4) Track citations by RSS feed
Published as Diane Alexander & Janet Currie & Molly Schnell, 2019. "Check up before you check out: Retail clinics and emergency room use," Journal of Public Economics, vol 178.
Downloads: (external link)
Journal Article: Check up before you check out: Retail clinics and emergency room use (2019)
Working Paper: Check Up Before You Check Out: Retail Clinics and Emergency Room Use (2017)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:nbr:nberwo:23585
Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ().