It has finally come to this. Consumers, so confused about healthcare costs, opportunities and obligations, now go to the discount bargain basement for their medical care needs. Hey, if it is cheaper, it will fly.
Why not just open primary-care clinics in the big-box stores and let's pay out of our medical savings accounts? With high-deductible, low-premium insurance, consumers can pay for their care and be mindful of what they spend, thus avoiding unnecessary visits to doctors and emergency rooms. As Modern Healthcare points out, this tendency is leading hospitals to change their inpatient emphasis.