Imagine going out to the store to buy your daily bread and milk, and while you at it, pop in to see your doctor as well. All in one go.
Well in the J. Sainsbury Supermarket, in a Northern England City, Dr Mohammed Jiva set up shop with an in store clinic. This is the first of it kind in Britain and opened for business on Monday reports Health24.com.
They say that similar services exist in the US at its Wal-Mart Stores, but in this case the compact clinic, right across from the yogurt and fruit isle, is different because it forms part of Britain's National Health Service, which mean that the service is free of charge.
Jiva is quoted as saying: "This is not a commodity off the shelf that you can buy, this is something that the taxpayer has a right to, therefore if they've paid their taxes we should be providing a service that's convenient to them at no extra expense, whereas in America you pay your taxes, plus you pay for your health care off the shelf."
In South Africa, you pay your taxes and pray that you don't end up in a government hospital, but it would be nice if something like the above would be available to the public. Maybe it will happen, in the year 3020 that is....there is hope for us yet