The number of walk-in medical clinics in retail malls in the US doubled last year, indicating a new trend in the way people seek healing. How can you make the most of these no-appointment necessary facilities?


  • Clearly explain to the walk-in medical clinic's health care professional all of your medical problems and any allergies or problems you have with medications.
  • Bring a complete list of your current medications—including over-the-counter products--and ask the clinic health-care provider to check the list to be certain that the drugs on the list agree with any new medications the clinic doctor may prescribe.
  • Get a report from the clinic with your diagnosis and follow-up instructions. Take that report with you the next time you see your doctor.


  • Go to a walk-in medical clinic in a retail mall if you have major new symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, leg swelling, or a cough that lasts more than three weeks. These symptoms require immediate attention by your doctor.
  • Visit a walk-in medical clinic in a retail mall if you notice a change with a medical problem that you've had for a long time and is already being treated by your doctor. See your own doctor.
  • Use a walk-in medical clinic in a retail mall for the majority of your health care. These clinics provide only basic treatments and tests.

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