Investor-owned ambulatory care walk-in centers: how have primary care physicians responded

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Department of Family Medicine and Community Health



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Ambulatory Care Facilities; data; Appointments and Schedules; Catchment Area (Health); Chi-Square Distribution; Economic Competition; Fees, Medical; Health Facilities, Proprietary; data; Marketing of Health Services; Massachusetts; Physicians, Family; Private Practice; Questionnaires


Community Health | Other Medical Specialties | Preventive Medicine


Investor-owned walk-in centers are a recent innovation in ambulatory care. The authors surveyed private practice primary care physicians about their marketing strategies before and after the advent of a local walk-in center. Respondents were more likely to report that they accepted walk-ins and that they advertised in the latter than in the former time period. Findings are discussed in the framework of previous predictions about the impact of walk-in centers on the delivery of care in traditional primary care practice settings.

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Citation: J Health Care Mark. 1991 Sep;11(3):61-8.

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