A Thorough Examination of Medical Clinics
At the Supermarket
Who's on call: A nurse practitioner.
Services offered: Treatment of minor illnesses (stuffy sinuses, rashes, ear and eye infections), as well as administration of preventive screenings (for conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes) and flu shots.
The details: Grocery-store clinics are usually run by independent medical companies. If the staff nurse is busy when you check in, she might take your cell-phone number so you can shop until she calls. When you’re up, you’ll go into an exam room (usually located near the pharmacy or the front registers) for the consultation. Many clinics will send a record of your visit to your primary-care physician afterward for a follow-up, if necessary. And if your problem requires a doctor’s care and you need a local referral, you can get one. To find a supermarket clinic near you, log on to ccaclinics.org (which operates more than 1,200 retail clinics across the country) or thelittleclinic.com (with locations in Publix, Krogers, and other stores).
Cost: $30 to $110. Most accept insurance.