Who says that competition isn't good for patients?
July 25, 2006 – A couple weeks ago, Judy Mui noticed that one of her bug bites had become infected. But the 24-year-old New York City paralegal had just started her job and her employee insurance hadn’t yet kicked in. When she called a friend’s doctor, she learned a visit would cost her $150. Then a co-worker told her about a walk-in clinic located inside a drugstore just a few blocks away. In 20 minutes, Mui got a diagnosis and two prescriptions from a nurse practitioner at the RediClinic, which she filled at the pharmacy in the same store. Total cost: $45. “This was definitely more convenient and cost effective,” she says.