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Walk-in clinics at US retail outlets run into financial problems

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 22 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1150
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. 1Florida

    A boom in walk-in health clinics located within large retail stores, supermarkets, and pharmacies is showing signs of slowing.

    CVS Caremark Corporation, the giant pharmacy chain that pioneered walk-in facilities called MinuteClinics in 2000, and which now has 500 such centres, has reduced its expansion plans for this year from 200 to 100 new clinics. It also plans to close some MinuteClinics that are not in CVS pharmacies.

    Merchant Medicine LLC, an industry consultant, said that the number of walk-in clinics was still growing during March but …

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