Retail health clinics can offer basic services with affordable costs. However, they shouldn’t replace your primary physician in most cases.

Senior female doctor is checking the blood pressure of the patient. blood pressure checks and monitoring .

You walk into a local chain drugstore to buy shampoo and notice that the in-store health clinic is offering flu shots, and there’s no wait. You’re overdue for that vaccination, so you get it  — and accept the clinician’s offer of a blood-pressure screening.

You’re done just 15 minutes after you walked in, satisfied that you’ve effortlessly received good care with little or nothing out of pocket, since the clinic accepts your insurance.

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