Pediatric care policy: American Academy of Pediatrics says avoid retail clinics for pediatric care

In a newly released policy statement, experts with the American Academy of Pediatrics said that doctors trained to care for children should be the ones treating them, not health staff at minute clinics.

Doctors said because pediatricians develop longer relationships with family members and kids, they can detect problems that might be overlooked by a nurse seeing the child for a brief first-time visit.

But some parents like the convenience of the drug store clinic, such as Walgreens and CVS, because they offer extended hours and are less expensive than regular doctors visits.

CVS reps said they work with doctors and not against them.  Reps said they play a complementary role in child health care and do not replace pediatricians.

CVS reps said they have relationships with 30 major health systems nationwide and are helping to ease an ongoing shortage of primary care doctors.

About 20 percent of patients at CVS Minute Clinics are between the ages of 18 months and 18-years-old.

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