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Starbucks to Offer Retail-Based Health Care Clinic…..

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Seattle, WA-Starbucks, the largest coffeehouse company in the world, announced earlier today that it would begin opening retail-based health care clinics in select locations as early as July.

According to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, the decision to expand into medical care was inspired by the growing popularity of clinics in supermarkets and pharmacies. “Folks are hurting out there, and retail-based clinics are a more economical option in many circumstances,” Schultz explains. “Starbucks will offer convenience and reasonable prices for the treatment of common medical concerns just like we do for whole bean organic Mexican shade grown medium roast coffee.”

But Schultz adds that Starbucks won’t be unveiling just another version of the CVS MinuteClinic or Walgreens Take Care Clinic. “There is a growing mistrust of mainstream medical establishments, regardless of whether they are located in a doctor’s office, a hospital, or a Walmart. And this won’t be one of them.”

Schultz points to a 2008 survey of health care consumers from the Center for Responsible Application of Pseudoscience (CRAP), a Seattle based think tank coincidentally located in the basement of a Starbucks. Advanced statistical analysis of the survey of nearly eleventy thousand adults revealed that almost 80% of responders would prefer that their medical care be provided by practitioners open to drawing from the world of alternative medicine for more natural treatment options. In response to epidemiological data like this, and the mounting evidence in CRAP approved peer-reviewed journals supporting the safety and efficacy of alternative therapies, Starbucks will staff its clinics with acupuncturists, chiropractors, and energy healers instead of the typical nurse practitioner. These operations will be supervised by naturopathic physicians.

Written by skepticpedi

April 22, 2009 at 7:59 pm

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  1. haha.

    BTW, what do you think of the Walgreens Take Care model. They do basic stuff, only, like colds, strep throat, URI (for women), etc

    Geek Goddess

    April 23, 2009 at 8:41 am

  2. Sorry about the delay in responding. If these clinics pull people away from the doctor’s office then perhaps it will serve as an impetus for doctors’ offices to become more efficient. I do have concerns that there will be people seen at these clinics who have more serious conditions missed or misdiagnosed. I wonder about the quality of the people staffing these clinics to be quite honest and I don’t know what kind of supervision they have. I also am concerned that there might be pressure to prescribe treatments, prescription or OTC, that just happen to be sold in the store which runs the clinic. But, in general, I don’t have a problem with them at this point. I wouldn’t go to or bring my children anywhere near one though. But I have the luxury of not needing to…..for now.


    April 25, 2009 at 1:12 pm

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