Calvin Brown doesn't have a primary care doctor — and the peripatetic 23-year-old doesn't want one.
Since his graduation last year from the University of San Diego, Brown has held a series of jobs that have taken him to several California cities. "As a young person in a nomadic state," Brown said, he prefers finding a walk-in clinic on the rare occasions when he's sick.
"The whole 'going to the doctor' phenomenon is something that's fading away from our generation," said Brown, who now lives in Daly City outside San Francisco. "It means getting in a car [and] going to a waiting room." In his view urgent care, which costs him about $40 per visit, is more convenient "like speed dating. Services are rendered in a quick manner."
Brown's views appear to be shared by many millennials, the 83 million Americans born between 1981 and 1996, who constitute the nation's biggest generation. Their preferences — for convenience, fast service, connectivity and price transparency — are upending the time-honored model of office-based primary care.