Overtones of the social compact between medicine and the public still linger however, the idea that there is an exceptional relationship between the person who has the ability to save a life and those who might need them.
Over time that relationship has been broken down though. We have now learned that there are limits to the relationship, the aura that all they do is is intended to serve our best interests has been severely undermined – turns out that doctors do not know everything, that they can and do harm to others, and that they very clearly have a bottom line – it is about the money.
Hence, their “concern about the wellbeing of children” in this instance, the introduction of compact medical clinics within drugstores, should easily be dismissed for what it is – an attempt to keep the monopoly going in favor of their preferred business models, clinics and offices operated by doctors or by they and their partners.
Life goes on, business models evolve, why should we all be shackled to a business model that does not efficiently provide goods and services – for auld lange syne apparently.
Another alternative exists to appointment backlogs, long in-office waiting times – there is no glory or rectitude in suffering through insufferable medical service.