5 ways to outduel retail clinics
There is a growing trend in healthcare — retail clinics — and it’s having an impact on primary care practices. Patient use of retail clinics increased from 4 to 17 percent between 2007 and 2013. These clinics, often found in big-box stores and pharmacy chains, can offer immediate access to care at a low cost.
And there has been a surge in retail locations across the country. A recent study from Accenture indicated that the number of retail clinics is likely to reach 3,000 by 2015.
While these clinics are all about convenience, they aren’t always about a patient relationship. Patients need a primary care physician who can offer an ongoing relationship to provide appropriate preventive care as well as care coordination for complex health issues. To stay competitive, however, PCPs also need to offer some of the convenience and services patients want.
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