Cuomo proposes allowing retail establishments to operate in-store medical clinics

ALBANY — Basic medical care could be as easy as a trip to Walmart under a proposal being pushed by Gov. Cuomo.

The proposal, which was included in the budget Cuomo unveiled Tuesday, would allow corporate outfits like Walmart and CVS to operate medical clinics in their stores.

Cuomo administration officials argued that allowing retail clinics would improve access to affordable health care across New York and reduce state costs by cutting back on unnecessary emergency room visits.

“Retail practices will offer extended hours in convenient locations with no appointment needed,” said State Health Department J.P. O’Hare.

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