Wait Times at Traditional MDs vs. Retail Clinics: 3 Months vs. Today, Seems Like a Real Nobrainer
Take Care Health Clinics, which began operation in 2005, has 28 clinics inside Walgreens stores in the Chicago area. The newest opened yesterday in Rockford. Take Care isn’t alone in the rapidly growing retail health-care market, however. The Chicago area has 24 MinuteClinics, each inside a CVS pharmacy, and Wal-Mart has also forayed into the health-care market and offered other clinics space in six Indiana locations.
When Elmhurst, Illinois resident Tina Tuszynski, 44, discovered her allergy prescription was about to expire, the wait for a doctor’s appointment was two to three months. Instead, she went to a local MinuteClinic inside a CVS pharmacy and got a new prescription. “It was a quick way to get my prescription without having to book months in advance,” she said.
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