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Steve
07-26-2006, 06:42 PM
I think this is going to be a big help for small businesses and for the general public now and in the future.

Have you used such a walk in clinic yet or do you know someone who has? What's the experience been like?

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Walk-in clinics are springing up in retail chains nationwide, offering shorter wait times, lower prices—and a challenge for doctors.

A couple weeks ago, Judy Mui noticed that one of her bug bites had become infected. But the 24-year-old New York City paralegal had just started her job and her employee insurance hadn't yet kicked in. When she called a friend's doctor, she learned a visit would cost her $150. Then a co-worker told her about a walk-in clinic located inside a drugstore just a few blocks away. In 20 minutes, Mui got a diagnosis and two prescriptions from a nurse practitioner at the RediClinic, which she filled at the pharmacy in the same store. Total cost: $45. "This was definitely more convenient and cost effective," she says.