“Minute” Clinics

There are a couple of old adages that come to mind with this story about nurse-practitioner staffed quick clinics…
1. Systems are designed precisely to produce the outcome they do.
2. Be careful of what you wish for, you just might get it.

Health Care Renewal: MinuteClinics

One of the latest ideas in the brave new world of the health care biz is “MinuteClinics.” As described here, MinuteClinics operate rapid-service, walk-in clinics located in such venues as CVS pharmacies, Target and food stores. The clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants, and treat a limited range of minor illnesses, such as “strep throat, pink eye, and bronchitis.” As described by ABC News, patients are seen in a “tiny kiosk with a nurse practitioner inside.”