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The Chicago Tribune reports that the American Medical Association (AMA) is recommending to its membership that the organization push for rules that would require greater physician involvement with the operation of in-store medical clinics.

“Some AMA members say the clinics should not be a substitute for the doctor-patient relationship and need more uniform state rules requiring closer physician involvement,” the Tribune writes, and that this new health care model should be greeted with “a healthy dose of skepticism.”

Texas-based Minyard Food Stores reportedly plans to install 25 in-store medical clinics over the next three years, with five planned to be opened this year. MedXpress is the company that will operate the clinics, which will have nurse practitioners or physician’s assistants on staff to offer routine medical services.
KC's View:
Cheaper and more accessible…just the elements of the new health care model that would make one skeptical about it.