This HND piece examines the move to delivering healthcare in non-traditional settings. Walk-in clinics, aka urgent care centers have been around for years, and when CVS purchased MinuteClinics in 2006, another milestone was reached. Now, in light of the CVS/Aetna merger, the new company wants to build these out into offering full-on primary care.
Before you can say "anti-trust," consider that a sizable number of people do not have a primary care physician, and their entry point to healthcare is either via the ER, or a walk-in clinic. Rational public health policy should always favor getting more care to more people.
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