Retail clinics may cut into primary care, RAND study finds: Reuters

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“The health clinics in pharmacies and other retail stores may be convenient, but they may also take a bite out of the traditional doctor-patient relationship, a new study suggests,” writes Amy Norton on Reuters Health.

“Retail health clinics operate mainly out of chain pharmacies, but they’re also in some grocery stores and ‘big box’ stores like Wal-mart. There are now more than 1,300 retail health clinics nationwide, according to the non-profit RAND Institute. And among Americans with private health insurance, their use rose 10-fold between 2007 and 2009.”

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