Should I go to one of these new “retail health clinics” in shopping malls and drug stores?

Yes, if you’re positive that you have a relatively minor problem – like a sore throat, ear ache or bladder infection – and if you follow some common sense guidelines from physician groups such as the American Medical Association (www.ama-assn.org), the American Academy of Family Physicians (www.aafp.org) and the American Geriatrics Society (www.american geriatrics.org ).