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WILL YOU GO TO A "LIMITED SERVICE CLINIC?"

THE MASSACHUSETTS PUBLIC HEALTH COUNCIL HAS APPROVED REGULATIONS ALLOWING PHARMACIES, OTHER RETAIL OUTLETS AND HEALTH CARE FACILITIES TO OPEN SO-CALLED "QUICK" CLINICS, THAT TREAT COMMON AILMENTS...IN STORES.

CRITICS QUESTION THE QUALITY OF CARE.

MICHAEL HOWE, CEO OF THE CVS AFFILIATED "MINUTECLINIC", DEFENDS THE CONCEPT, SAYING THE STATE'S HEALTH CARE MANDATE HAS CREATED AN INFLUX OF NEW PATIENTS WHO ARE STRAINING HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CENTERS.

"You have a number of new patients that are looking to establish relationships with primary care physicians, and the limited service clinics will be part of expanding the capacity of primary care throughout the Commonwealth."

HOWE HOPES TO HAVE 25 OR SO IN-STORE CLINICS UP AND RUNNING BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

This program aired on January 9, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

Martha Bebinger Twitter Reporter
Martha Bebinger covers health care and other general assignments for WBUR.

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