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Popularity of 'Walk-In' Retail Health Clinics Growing: Poll
Date:1/9/2013

" said Taylor. "This is probably saving their health plans money, which explains why most of these patients' care is covered by their insurance."

According to the Convenient Care Association, the first retail-based convenient care clinic opened in the United States in 2000 and there are now more than 1,350 such clinics operating around the nation. MinuteClinic, which is found in CVS stores, has had 14 million patient visits since 2000.

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There's more on how to communicate with your health care provider at the National Patient Safety Foundation.

SOURCES: Humphrey Taylor, chairman, Harris Poll; Patricia McGaffigan, R.N., interim president, National Patient Safety Foundation; Web Golinkin, CEO, RediClinic and board president, Convenient Care Association; Kathleen Jaeger, registered pharmacist and senior vice president, pharmacy care and patient advocacy, National Association of Chain Drug Stores


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