Milk, eggs, antibiotics

Price Chopper announced this week that it's teamed up with Ellis Medicine to open walk-in health clinics at supermarkets in Latham and Malta. The clinics will off treatment for conditions such as allergies, strep throat, and UTIs.

Zooming out a bit: Price Chopper's announcement fits into a larger national trend of chain retail stores opening walk-in clinics in attempt to capture more of the primary care business -- a business that's expected to grow as more people get health coverage because of the Affordable Care Act.

See also: The announcement this week by CVS, which has its own chain of health clinics, that it would stop selling cigarettes -- a play to position itself as something more like a health care provider.

[Price Chopper] [The Atlantic] [AOA]


Who wants to go grocery shopping and be exposed to a bunch of sick people?

@J that was my same exact thought!!! EEEK! Germs all over my groceries!!! Esp. if they do their shopping while they are there!

Not to mention the risk of exposing food workers to illness. Even the FDA recommends staying out of the general population when you're sick.

I'd like to be able to get my glasses and contacts while shopping for groceries too ;)

Given the seeming-ill shoppers I sometimes see in the supermarket, along with a few snifflly, drippy-nosed kids touching everything in sight, I think we crossed that bridge of 'germs all over my groceries' a long time ago.

With a walk-in health clinic located in a supermarket for my convenience, at least I won't have to travel far to obtain treatment when I collapse in the dairy aisle from the flu that I picked up over in the fruits and vegetables aisle.

Cost*: $40 cash or credit card only

Isn't that a little bit steep?

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