Lobbyists everywhere are salivating at the prospect of getting a piece of this action. Wal-Mart and CVS are opening LOTS of very convenient "minute" clinics that will bring down the cost of health care.
Do the docs accept this new competitive challenge and ramp up services and more convenience for customers? Of course not, they try to use government to put the new clinics OUT OF BUSINESS.
"There is no more urgent issue than this for the AMA," Dr. Kamran Hashemi, a family physician from South Barrington, said, urging the organization to push for more regulation of retail clinics. "This issue speaks to what all of us do every day in practice." If the AMA does nothing, Hashemi said, "in five years, the chairs [at the AMA] meeting will be filled with representatives from Walgreens, Wal-Mart" and other retail outlets.