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Drugstores play doctor: Physicals, flu diagnosis, and more

The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2014

An hour wait at the MinuteClinic? That was the scenario one morning last week as prospective patients sat slumped in chairs, waiting for medical care at the back of a modest CVS drugstore in a strip mall here in suburban New Jersey. Urinary-tract infections, the flu, ringworm, diabetes screening, earwax removal, pinkeye, and many a sore throat and cough—they came for it all. Currently there are about 1,600 walk-in medical clinics across the country in drug and big-box stores and supermarkets like CVS, Walgreens, Target and Kroger. The number is projected to double in the next three years due in part to the increased demands of newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act, according to a 2013 report from Accenture, a global management-consulting firm.[Subscription Required]