Debate Over "Minute Clinics"

Today, you can have your say on whether Massachusetts should allow medical clinics to open in stores such as CVS, Wal-Mart, and Target. There's a public hearing on the question at the state's Department of Public Health this morning.

Massachusetts doctors oppose these clinics, saying they don't give patients adequate care. But retail companies argue that they offer quick, easy treatments for basic ailments, such as skin rashes or strep throat.

The clinics currently operate in 19 states, including Connecticut, and WBUR's Nancy Cook reports on the situation there.

This program aired on September 5, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.


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