A recent article in Medical Practice Insider covers a report by Accenture, a consulting company, which states that by 2017 there should be approximately 3,000 retail health clinics nationwide. This is compared with 2,000 clinics that were in operation at the end of 2014. Retail clinics have been announced and utilized by RiteAid, Walgreens, CVS and even larger retailers like Target and Wal-Mart are partnering with these pharmacy chains to expand their reach.
The increase in these retail clinics, 17% annual growth and an anticipated 47% increase between 2014 and 2017, are likely due to their profitability and the increase in services being offered by them. The article states that “while retail clinics initially offered only very basic health services, such as immunizations, the adoption of telehealth and other connected services is turning them into a real extension of healthcare. For example, many now offer primary and preventive care, pediatrics, wellness care, health screening, chronic disease management and transitional care.”
The complete article can be accessed by clicking http://www.medicalpracticeinsider.com/news/accenture-expect-3000-retail-clinics-2017.