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Sunday, February 5th 2006

Walmart Healthcare

Are these things safe? What about continuity of care? If this becomes a large spread phenomena how does it affect physician income?

Despite the questions I’m actually not appalled; time will tell and these clinics should at least be given a chance.

“This cost and convenience trend is coming to a head and that’s what is driving this trend. My prediction is that it will move quite rapidly,” said Matt Eyring, managing director of Innosight, a Watertown, Massachusetts, consulting firm.

The business model is simple — a medical clinic operated by an outside company, and generally staffed by nurses or physician assistants, offers a limited range of basic tests and treatments at a lower cost than a doctor’s office.