Pharmacy clinics gaining popularity

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POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 4:10pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 8:06am

Major pharmacies are offering more and more medical services inside its stores and more people are choosing to skip going to the doctor.  

These walk-in clinics can now treat ailments you used to have to see a doctor for, like diabetes and asthma.  Medical professionals work at these clinics and can treat many common conditions.  

With no wait times and longer operating hours, doctors understand the convenience, but caution against reliance.

"You don't get to build a physician patient relationship that's so important to the long-term, healthcare needs of the patient," said Dr. Robert Martinez, the chief physician executive at the Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg. "There are many illnesses that are serious and require long-term commitment and understanding between the patient and the physician.  You obviously simply don't get that. So that's my only concern with those things, they have to be used appropriately."

Martinez said he understands the popularity of the clinics as well.  Especially when there is doctor shortage in the valley.  

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