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Retail clinics haven’t cut health costs, study finds

Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 10, 2008

Going to a convenient care clinic is cheaper for patients than going to a physician's office or urgent care, but there is no evidence that the advent of the popular retail clinics reduced medical costs overall. A new study has found prices charged by all providers rose by double digits over the four years tracked, a trend that went against the conventional wisdom that more providers leads to more competition and lower prices.