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Study: Retail clinic, doctor-office quality similar

Bloomberg News/Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 1, 2009

MinuteClinics and other walk-in clinics found in retail stores offer a similar quality of service to physicians' offices and urgent-care centers, for prices as much as a third less, a study has found. The average cost of care at a retail clinic was $110, compared with $166 at doctors' offices, $156 at urgent-care centers and $570 at emergency rooms, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.