A recent decision by the Massachusetts State Public Health Council paves the way for CVS Corp. and other retailers to open medical clinics inside their stores. These are quick and convenient mini-clinics where you can get inexpensive care for minor health issues.
In a statement regarding the decision, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said:
Let's think about this.
"Allowing retailers to make money off of sick people is wrong."
CVS is a for-profit company that operates a chain of drugstores. At those stores, precious few of the drugs that they sell are recreational. Therefore, the drugs are specifically sold to people who are not completely well. In other words, the entire reason for the existence of CVS Drugstores is to make money off of sick people. And thank heavens for that! When I'm sick I'm oh so happy to buy my drugs there!
So what can it possibly matter if CVS starts a new service that also makes a little bit more money off of sick people? Also, don't doctors, nurses, hospitals, etc. make money off of sick people? Your average heart transplant surgeon isn't operating on well people, is he?
Mayor Menino is either awfully clueless about the fundamentals of why CVS and other health care retailers exist, he wants to turn all health care (including buying aspirin) into not-for-profit, or someone is "influencing" him to get him to fight this new and excellent development in health care delivery. If it's the latter, I think that whoever or whatever is funding that "influence" is not getting their money's worth since that statement of his sounded awfully stupid to me.