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Steve
05-14-2006, 02:48 PM
This is going to be big. We all need access to reasonably priced health care. Especially entrepreneurs who so often go it alone and lack health insurance.

Steve Case who helped create AOL is going to make a difference in this industry as will others. I applaud Stephen and thank him for offering us all an alternative.

I don't remember Steve Case's net worth but it very well might be in the billions. Can you imagine being that rich and having to wait in an emergency room for 4 hours until your daughter could be seen for an ear infection? If he has to wait that long, what chance does the average person have?

What's your view on these clinics? Do you think they will be the next big businesses?

Attention Shoppers: Low Prices on Shots in Clinic (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/14/business/14clinic.html?hp&ex=1147665600&en=3bd56c45080282c1&ei=5094&partner=homepage) - "Starbucks has 10,000 locations; health care is certainly more important," said Mr. Case, who made his name and fortune on the Internet but is now betting that his chain of RediClinics at Wal-Mart, Walgreens and other retailers can be the next big thing.

Mr. Case says his epiphany came a few years ago when he took his young daughter to an emergency room on a Sunday for an ear infection. "We waited four hours and they just weren't able to see us," he recalled. "This is crazy: a society in which everything is convenient other than what people care most about, which is taking care of their health."

Mr. Case's company, Revolution Health Group, has 11 RediClinics now running, including one at a Duane Reade pharmacy on West 50th Street in Manhattan. He plans to open 90 others in various retail chains by the end of this year, and 500 within three years.