A novel idea to provide health services at supermarkets has taken root. These clinics are simple and cater to that class of patients who simply hate waiting. These clinics can provide ample treatment for conditions like flu, bladder infections and sprains.
Take Care Health Systems is planning to introduce such clinics at Walgreens drugstores in Chicago. But Dr. Peter Eupierre, president of the Illinois State Medical Society is not so sure about the value of these clinics, "Good medical care can't be given with a drive-through window approach," he said.
Around 20 clinics are to open and they will examine patients with Bronchitis, colds, coughs, ear infections, flu, laryngitis, sinus infections, sore throat, strep throat, upper respiratory infections as well as minor injuries like minor burns, splinters, sprains and strains, staple and suture removals.
Dr. Frank Madda of the DuPage County Medical Society revealed that such clinics "will certainly drive many family-practice physicians, pediatricians and internists out of business. This will result in a decrease in the availability of physicians for all patients."