Tuesday, October 19, 2010

2nd Retail Clinic Opens in DC 4 Miles from Capitol


WASHINGTON (Oct. 18) -- "MinuteClinic celebrated the opening of its second clinic location inside a CVS/pharmacy store in the District of Columbia with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new MinuteClinic, located inside the CVS/pharmacy at 320 40th Street NE in the Benning neighborhood, serves residents in Ward 7 and is within walking distance of Metro stations on the orange and blue lines, as well as Metrobus service. It joins the first MinuteClinic to open in the district at 845 Bladensburg Rd. NE in Ward 5 in the Carver Langston neighborhood.


MinuteClinic stressed its commitment to helping the "district broaden access to healthcare services," and plans to announce additional openings in the coming year. MinuteClinic locations also can be found inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland and in cities throughout Northern Virginia."

MP: CVS is aggressively expanding its retail clinics around the country, and plans to double the number of locations from 500 to 1,000 by 2015 (source).  This second CVS retail clinic in the District of Columbia is only four miles from the U.S. Congress, and follows the first CVS clinic only two miles from the Capitol (see map above, click to enlarge).  

As I pointed out in a previous post, it's encouraging that even though Obama and the Democrats in Congress disregarded any market-based health care solutions and legislated a federal government takeover of the nation's health care system, private companies like CVS are still pursuing market-based solutions to health care by investing in retail clinics that provide convenient health care 7 days a week, with affordable, transparent low prices. 

Now that there are two market-based alternatives to government-run healthcare within 4 miles of the U.S. Capitol, maybe some members of Congress could go out and see what the private sector is doing to provide convenient, affordable health care solutions.  As a Deloitte report concluded last year:

"The growth and evolution of retail clinics reflect opportunities for disruptive innovation and an improved value proposition for the U.S. health care system."

6 Comments:

At 10/19/2010 10:24 AM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

MinuteClinic "...based their design on on the McDonalds hambrger chain in which customers select items from a limited menu. The menu is small and focused. Clinics are not doc-in-the-boxes but instead staffed by nurse practioners (np).

The fact that the np follows a computer protocol, along with their training, gives some assurance. In the past I would not have wanted to be seen by an np but the protocol system seems to be well thought out and so it seems disruptively more convenient and fast.

 
At 10/19/2010 11:08 AM, Blogger Hydra said...

Those clinics do not provide " health care" but a limited subset.

The feds have not taken over health insurance, only tightened the rules.

What relevance is there of proximity to the Capitol?

 
At 10/19/2010 5:32 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"The feds have not taken over health insurance, only tightened the rules"...

ROFLMAO!

Hey hydra, I own a 50% stake in a Mississippi river bridge, you want to buy it for cheap?

 
At 10/19/2010 10:16 PM, Blogger Hydra said...

Nuandos

I still have the same doctor a d the same insurance company, and the same privately owned hospital.

Which is it you have a problem with, truth or reality?

 
At 10/20/2010 12:05 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"I still have the same doctor a d the same insurance company, and the same privately owned hospital"...

So you claim hydra...

"Which is it you have a problem with, truth or reality?"...

Your claims to either...

 
At 10/21/2010 9:08 AM, Blogger Hydra said...

"I still have the same doctor a d the same insurance company, and the same privately owned hospital"...

So you claim hydra...

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It is not a claim, it's a fact: something you seem to have a problem with. Otherwise you would accept it without the pathetic need for a meaningless and unsupportable retort.

 

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