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Is the Future of Health Care in Your Local Walgreens?


Johns Hopkins Medical is partnering with Walgreens to create a new branch of the chain with healthier food and an amped-up health care clinic. The two groups will use the store to experiment with new ways of delivering medical care cheaply to local patients. The Baltimore Sun:

“We see this as a sort of lab,” said Dr. Jay Rosan, Walgreens’ senior vice president of health innovation. “The opportunity is really pretty unique because we have the opportunity to collaborate … to develop innovative care, reduce costs and improve access.”

The store will hold the first Walgreens clinic in Maryland run by nurse practitioners, so it will be able to offer a wide-array of non-emergency urgent care. We already know that in-store clinics staffed by nurse practitioners who are given wide medical authority can save the system tons of money. If this program is successful and can be scaled up, it could have a big impact on US health care.

This is exactly the kind of experimentation we would like to see more of, in both the private and public spheres: local branches and states trying new things, with a national chain and the federal government watching for the bets that pay off.

[Walgreens image courtesy of Getty. CVS image courtesy of Wikipedia. Pills image courtesy of Shutterstock]

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  • wigwag

    This is a great idea. Good for Walgreens.

  • rheddles

    Still with the John? His name was Johns. So’s the school’s.

    • Andrew Allison

      Yup, the Intern flogging doesn’t seem to be working — drawing and quartering, perhaps?

      • Nick M.

        I am beginning to think the interns secretly enjoy the floggings,

        • Andrew Allison

          Would a little self- flagellation be in order for that dangling comma? LOL

          • Nick M.

            Don’t knock my lifestyle choices! 😉

  • Corlyss

    My money is on Big Blue swooping in and blocking this sort of evolution. They have something in mind. Private enterprise solutions isn’t it.

    • Andrew Allison

      If not the Blues, the doctors — witness the reactions to previous in-store clinics. This could be a real breakthrough if these clinics further reduce costs by refusing to accept insurance. The out-of-pocket cost could be close to the insurance co-pay. Of course, if it does take off, there’ll be even less incentive to sign up for ACA. LOL

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