The concept seemed to be a “no-brainer.” Too many people going to the emergency room for minor ailments—earaches, upper respiratory infections, rashes, and other non-emergency problems. Why not give patients the option of less expensive, convenient clinics located in drug stores and other retail outlets?
Fifteen years later, hundreds of retail clinics have been opened at CVS Pharmacies, Walgreens, Walmart, Kroger’s and other retail sites, usually no more than 10 minutes from a hospital emergency room. What’s not to like? Wait times are short, appointments are not necessary, and they accept private insurance and Medicare.