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Summary: Walgreens is now providing diagnosis and treatment services for chronically ill patients. The company hopes that their clinics will help expand business and compensate for a shortage of primary care physicians. The American Academy of Family Physicians disagrees and hopes other companies (such as CVS and Walmart) will not take this project on as well.

A Physician’s perspective: 
– Medicine will be less personalized, resulting in ineffective treatment
– Chronic illnesses can eventually become more complicated and require further, more intensive diagnosis and treatment
– More doctors involved could mean less sharing of medical information
– For-profit pharmacies may not have the patient’s best interests in mind

Think About:
– Is this an effective way to treat patients?
– How will this affect the ideal doctor-patient relationship?
– Will this compensate for the shortage of primary care physicians?
– Will these clinics take a greater advantage of patients (for money) than current physicians?

 

 

 

 

Original Articles, For More Information: 
1. http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2013/april/04/walgreens-primary-care-services.aspx
2. Physician’s perspective http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2013/08/drug-store-retail-clinics-primary-care-fast.html

Photo: http://villageoflyons.blogspot.com/2012/11/getty-tours-newly-opened-walgreens.html