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A Tale of Two Sore Throats: On Retail Clinics and Urgent Care
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Six years ago, just after arriving in Baltimore for a winter conference, I fell sick with fever and a bad sore throat. After a night of feeling awful, I went looking for help. I found it at a Minute Clinic in a CVS near the hotel. I was seen right away by a friendly NP who did a rapid strep test, and prescribed me medication. I picked up my medication at the pharmacy there. The visit cost something like $85, and took maybe 30 minutes. They gave me forms to submit to my California insurance. And I was well enough to present my research as planned by day 3 of the conference.

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