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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that while there have been reports that the growth of in-store medical clinics has stalled in some areas, not so in Atlanta, where there are more than 50 such facilities in operation, and Publix plans to its clinic count from nine to 18 this year.

Michael Howe, CEO of industry leader MinuteClinic, tells the paper that the city's demographics are perfect for the concept – it has plenty of families with children, people who are time-constrained, and people who tend t face long commute times – and who need clinics that are close to home and open at more convenient hours than doctors' offices.

KC's View:
The concept may have stalled a bit, but I still think the essential format makes a lot of sense and goes a long way toward addressing some of the issues that people have with the nation's health care infrastructure.