Friday, February 17, 2006

Bread, milk, penicillin

…Is it HA’s imagination or is the flesh falling off the bones of the health care system as you read this? We have gone from ED to Urgent Care to … nurses in a box at the grocery store? Wal-Mart, Target, CVS and Rite-Aid are among the stores offering medical. retail.

…Many of these facilities are run by licensed nurse practitioners, who are highly trained, smart cookies who can prescribe medicines. You can even shop in the store until your appointment; they will page you.

…The damage can be $50 or so, similar to the insurance copay at an Urgent Care, but way lower than what even an insured person would pay at the ED. Of course, your copay at the doctor’s office would run less, but many doctors don’t have same-day appointments available….and hey, you needed milk anyway.

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