Walk-in Clinics at Airports

The Solantic Urgent Care clinic in Orlando International Airport is open seven days a week from 8am to 9pm. It provides primary care that includes basic urgent care, wellness services like immunizations, physicals for sports, pre-op, and employers. It offers x-rays, basic lab tests, and common generic prescription drugs. With daily passenger traffic at 95,000 passengers, the airport population is roughly as large as cities like Boulder, Colorado, Cambridge, Massachusetts, or Berkeley, California.

Prices are posted online and at the clinic. Patients can register and pay online. Once registered, patients can give the clinic their cell phone number and run errands. The clinic will call them when their turn comes.

Solantic offers the Health Check Card, which it claims is a $145 value for only $50. The Health Check package consists of a basic physical, labs for a blood count, metabolic profile, and thyroid check, and a “free” online Personal Health Assessment. Though the clinic cannot help travelers who run out of maintenance drugs like insulin, it does refer people to the airport paramedics. Paramedics send cases that they don’t handle to the clinic as well.

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  1. Bart says:

    Interesting idea. Markets at work.

  2. greg says:

    When entrepreneurs compete for patients based on price, you always have transparency. This entity would never exist if Blue Cross were paying all the bills.

  3. artk says:

    If the only medical care we needed was the care you could get at walk in clinics, medical costs would be 1/2 percent of GDP not 17%. The may serve a need, but they won’t make a dent in the overall costs.

  4. Vicki says:

    I agree with Greg. They never would have done this for Blue Cross.

  5. Ken says:

    artk, you are COMPLETELY missing the point. This example illustrates a general truth about health care. When providers compete for patients based on price and quality, there is usually transparencey and you usually get low cost, high quality services.

    When the market is dominated by third party payers, you don’t get these things.

  6. Neil H. says:

    Ditto Ken’s comment.

  7. Devon Herrick says:

    I was at Chicago O’Hare once and the University of Chicago was providing flu shots. I thought it was a pretty neat idea. They could charge a premium for the convenience of getting a flu shot while waiting on a flight rather than wait in line at CVS.

  8. Erik says:

    Basic Service
    One Medical Complaint
    and NO procedures
    and simple complexity

    Is this a joke?

  9. Linda Gorman says:

    Erik–if $89 is a joke, what is the average price for a previously scheduled primary care office visit where you live? Total cost, not just co-pay.

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