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The Chicago Sun Times reports that Target is ramping up the health care clinic competition in Chicago - and likely elsewhere - with new clinics inside five of its area stores.

According to the story, “The news follows earlier announcements by CVS, Walgreen and Wal-Mart of clinic expansions as the retailers seek to take advantage of the 32 million Americans who will eventually obtain health insurance coverage under the Obama administration’s health-care reform initiative.

“CVS, with 22 clinics in the Chicago area, has announced plans to double the number of its in-store clinics nationwide in five years. Walgreen, with 41 Chicago-area clinics, hasn't specified its growth but confirmed that it is negotiating with hospital and health systems nationwide to create partnerships to expand its Take Care Health Systems clinics ... Wal-Mart has said it, too, is negotiating with hospitals and health  systems to open clinics nationwide.”
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