Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 3:01 pm
Nurse practitioner Leah Martin examines 13-month-old Mia Beavers at a CVS clinic in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, in early 2009. Mia's mother, Brittany, looks on.
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If you've got the sniffles or need a shot, do you go to the doctor or stop in at a clinic in a nearby drugstore?
Lots of people are opting for the clinics, which are springing up inside grocery stores, big-box retailers and chain drugstores across the country. There are already 1,388 clinics like these in the U.S., according to data from Merchant Medicine, a consulting firm.
Barbara Fleming is evacuated from Bellevue Hospital by Victor Rivera in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in New York on Oct. 31.
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One lasting image of Superstorm Sandy will be very sick patients being evacuated from flooded hospitals. But less visible are thousands of patients who rely on visiting nurses and home health aides for care ranging from bathing and feeding to oxygen and ventilators.
If that ski run goes bad in Colorado, at least you'll be able to find the best price for a scan of your knee.
If you need an MRI of your knee in Colorado, the price varies — a lot.
You can pay anywhere from $350 to $2,336. It's a huge range, but the truly remarkable thing about the prices is that we know them at all.
Prices for health care aren't public in most places, making shopping for the best deal nearly impossible. And patients pay different amounts for the same procedure based on their insurance coverage, too.
You can barely listen to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney make a speech or give an interview without hearing some variation of this vow:
"On Day 1 of my administration, I'll direct the secretary of Health and Human Services to grant a waiver from Obamacare to all 50 states. And then I'll go about getting it repealed," he told Newsmax TV in September 2011.