Popularity of 'Walk-In' Retail Health Clinics Growing: Poll

Trend driven by convenience, low cost and shortage of primary care doctors, Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey finds.

Twenty-seven percent of all adults surveyed said they have used either walk-in retail clinics (found at places such as CVS) or work-based clinics to obtain medical care in the past two years.

Twenty-seven percent of all adults surveyed said they have used either walk-in retail clinics (found at places such as CVS) or work-based clinics to obtain medical care in the past two years.

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According to the Convenient Care Association, the first retail-based convenient care clinic opened in the United States in 2000 and there are now more than 1,350 such clinics operating around the nation. MinuteClinic, which is found in CVS stores, has had 14 million patient visits since 2000.

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