Primary care physicians advise against millennials preference of walk-in clinics
JEFFERSON CITY - The influence of lower prices and convenience are affecting the way millennials approach primary care, according to a 2017 study conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
The study finds that the now largest living adult generation, comprised of anyone born between 1981 and 1996, is more than twice as likely as Baby Boomers to use a walk-in clinic. These numbers have similar findings to the 2018 survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which found that 45 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 do not have a primary care physician.
However, these physicians warn against this preference.
"I hope patients will realize that going into an urgent care doctor is not going to help them check their preventative care measures in terms of their blood pressure, their weight, their vaccinations they need," Ben Cook, an osteopathic physician with Jefferson City Medical Group, said.
Despite the consistency benefits primary care physicians provide, the EBRI study pointed to findings that millennials are much more likely to be satisfied with their healthcare choices.
"You can just go to a clinic and pay a copay," 22-year-old Erica Jones said. "You don't necessarily have to set up an appointment every time like you do with a primary care physician."
Prices for walk-in urgent care clinics can range from $94 to $127, with primary care costs ranging from $68 to $234, according to numbers from Healthcare Bluebook.