Mayor, Tear Down This Wall: Why Boston’s Ban on Convenient Care Clinics Is Costing Taxpayers Millions by Josh Archambault and Lucy Hicks Date: October 17, 2013 Convenient care clinics are defined as small health care clinics located in retail environments. They serve as lower-cost and quick-fix solutions to common minor illnesses and conditions, such as ear infections, bronchitis, congestion, and allergy symptoms. As convenient care clinics grow in popularity across the nation, Boston remains empty of them due to mayoral opposition. The next mayor of Boston should enable the development of clinics that will better serve the 30% of the city’s population on Medicaid. Recent state legislation, Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, provides an opportunity for the city to reexamine its relationship with walk-in clinics as the regulations on the clinics themselves as well as scope of practice rules are being reexamined.
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