Retail clinics hit 10 million annual visits

The use of retail clinics is growing in the United States, with up to 10 million annual visits at more than 1,800 locations. The inexpensive care option now accounts for 2 percent of the primary care encounters among consumers in the country. Retail clinics—run by drugstore chains such as CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Walmart and Kroger—that have traditionally treated routine maladies are now becoming a place for wellness exams. Besides the cost, one of the perks to these facilities are their later evening and weekend hours and the fact that they are staffed by trained nurse practitioners or physician assistants. Story