Take Care Health Systems, which operates walk-in retail clinics in 350 Walgreens pharmacy stores, has introduced appointment scheduling online and in the clinics.

Patients now can schedule an appointment online at takecarehealth.com, and patients planning a walk-in visit can check the site for estimated wait times. The site also enables access to HEDIS patient satisfaction and quality of care scores.

Rand Corp. estimates use of walk-in clinics has increased 10-fold in two years, and the basic care provided by nurse practitioners and physician assistants is up to 40 percent less expensive than in a physician office.

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