Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Kowalczyk and Priyanka Dayal McCluskey Globe Staff January 13, 2019 Need an X-ray and stitches to go along with your burrito and office supplies?Urgent care centers, walk-in clinics that treat a range of pressing medical issues, are proliferating in crowded shopping centers and along busy roads across the state, especially in affluent suburbs. One 2-mile stretch of Route 9 will soon have four urgent care centers, the newest next to a Chipotle and a Staples in Natick. Chestnut Hill has three within a 15-minute drive, and Cambridge, four. But no companies have rushed to open urgent care centers in Dorchester, Roxbury, or other lower-income neighborhoods in Boston. Advertisement The explosion of the urgent care industry is reshaping the health care landscape in Massachusetts and across the country. A state commission counted 150 urgent care centers last year, … [Read more...] about Urgent care centers proliferate in Mass., but fewer low-income patients have access
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When Dr. Daniel J. Hyman began his career as a family care physician nearly two decades ago, patients would wait outside his office for hours to receive treatment for acute issues. "They would line up first-come, first-serve – no appointments," said Hyman, now the head of Cooper University Health Care's division of general internal medicine. "People would wait three hours at a time. That doesn't happen any more."In a world where so many services are just a click away, fewer people are willing to wait several hours – if not days – to see a primary care provider when they fall ill or develop another acute health issue. That's particularly true of millennials, who are highly likely to avoid primary care providers altogether. Some 45 percent of adults aged 18 to 29 do not have a primary care provider, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey conducted in July. No other age demographic topped 28 percent. Instead, millennials are opting to visit urgent care centers, … [Read more...] about Citing convenience, millennials opting for urgent care over primary care
Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. Health Care Wasted On The Young I feel Sandra Boodman’s thesis is inadequate without a historical comparison to how young people accessed health care five, 10 or 20 years ago (“Spurred By Convenience, Millennials Often Spurn The ‘Family Doctor’ Model,” Oct. 9). As a family medicine doctor practicing for 33 years, my experience is that healthy young people use medical services only for urgent care and pregnancy until they develop chronic conditions. And, as a society in general, we have become more demanding about receiving services “now.” Why should medical care not change as our expectations change? Certainly we have the technological ability to provide a portable health record one could take from site to site to improve continuity. We also have the ability to have a single … [Read more...] about Readers And Tweeters: Are Millennials Killing The Primary Care Doctor?
David Sanfilippo quit smoking four years ago and lost weight, too. He had lots of help from his wife, Dawn, as well as other family members and friends – but he credits his primary care doctor for providing the key evidence to change his ways. It came in the form of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar tests ordered by Dr. Fuad Sheriff. "He yelled at me enough during annual physicals that I dropped 40 pounds," cracked Sanfilippo, 35, of Williamsville. “I don't drink pop anymore. No fast food. It's about maintaining the good stuff." Sanfilippo squares with an Independent Health survey of Western New Yorkers released this week that shows patients have deep faith in primary care providers. The vast majority of those who participated in the survey said they see those providers as gatekeepers for their health care. They value providers who are honest, who listen and are easy to reach, including during off-hours. Most – particularly younger patients – also are … [Read more...] about Embrace the evolving primary care system and improve your health
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