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No Wonder Doctors and the AMA are Scared of Pharmacy Clinics

Posted May 29 2010 8:09pm
So I had myself a minor (albeit embarrassing) medical issue and I didn’t want to spend hours waiting to get into my doctor. When you have Medicare, let’s face it, you’re the bottom of the barrel and doctors keep you waiting. I didn’t have that kind of time.

So I found my way over to Walgreens and its Take Care Clinic . I got there and the NP was on her lunch break for another 10 minutes and there were 2 people ahead of me. From registering to actually seeing the NP was a total of 35 minutes (at least an hour faster than if I'd gone to my doctor's office). Once I got into the consult, she spent almost 20 minutes with me. It was one of the most thorough exams I’ve had in years.

This was my first experience with a pharmacy clinic. It’s no wonder why the AMA absolutely hates these things. These clinics represent a huge challenge to physician's way of doing business. But they are decidedly pro-consumer: easy to get an appointment with quality care. My first experience at a pharmacy clinic has made me a believer.
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