Last Sunday I drove to my local MinuteClinic in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I parked outside the CVS pharmacy, right by Dunkin’ Donuts and Chipotle Mexican Grill. I didn’t need an appointment. Inside the store a large screen displayed the price list. $79 to $99 for treatment for minor illnesses like ear infections or strep throat. $59 for diabetes screening. $28 for a TB test. I entered my details on a touch screen. Five minutes later, a nurse practitioner was ready to see me.
More than 1,600 such health clinics now exist in the US,...Continue reading