Individuals who visit MinuteClinic and do not have a primary care provider are given a list of physicians in the community who are accepting new patients. Why aren’t DPC Physician’s developing relationships with their local Pharmacists’ in this retail clinic locations? Some have and guess what?! They’re getting new patients! ~Michael Tetreault, Editor, The DPC Journal
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Millennials Are Ditching the ‘Family Doctor’ Model
| Kaiser Health News
Millennial preferences for convenience, fast service, connectivity and price transparency are upending the model of office-based primary care.
Calvin Brown doesn’t have a primary care doctor — and the peripatetic 23-year-old doesn’t want one.
Since his graduation last year from the University of San Diego, Brown has held a series of jobs that have taken him to several California cities. “As a young person in a nomadic state,” Brown said, he prefers finding a walk-in clinic on the rare occasions when he’s sick.
“The whole ‘going to the doctor’ phenomenon is something that’s fading away from our generation,” said Brown, who now lives in Daly City outside San Francisco. “It means getting in a car [and] going to a waiting room.” In his view, urgent care, which costs him about $40 per visit, is more convenient — “like speed dating. Services are rendered in a quick manner.”
Brown’s views appear to be shared by many millennials, the 83 million Americans born between 1981 and 1996 who constitute the nation’s biggest generation. Their preferences — for convenience, fast service, connectivity and price transparency — are upending the time-honored model of office-based primary care.
Many young adults are turning to a fast-growing constellation of alternatives: retail clinics carved out of drugstores or big-box retail outlets, free-standing urgent care centers that tout evening and weekend hours, and online telemedicine sites that offer virtual visits without having to leave home. Unlike doctors’ offices, where charges are often opaque and disclosed only after services are rendered, many clinics and telemedicine sites post their prices.
McLaren Health Care Sees New Walgreens Clinics as Its Front Door
Leaders for the Michigan-based health systems are in the process of selecting the number and locations of their new retail clinics.
CHICAGO, Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Civis Analytics, a data science firm that empowers organizations to make smarter, faster decisions grounded in statistical facts, today released new research that explores demographics and motivations of retail clinic patients, and how these visits impact spending behavior in the retail portion of the stores. The study found that retail clinic users tend to be patients who are male, younger, report that they are in good health and have higher incomes in comparison to non-users (see chart below). The study also found that many patients (68%) who utilized these clinics made a purchase in the store during the same trip, and later made a subsequent visit to that store to purchase items (56.3%).
Kalorama Information: CVS Merges with Aetna, Walgreens Partners with LabCorp: What’s the Impact on the IVD Industry?
ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Dramatic competitive actions by both of the two largest U.S. pharmacy retailers in the same month could be a good sign for the market for in vitro diagnostics, according to market research firm Kalorama Information. This month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) approved the $69 billion proposed merger between health insurer Aetna and CVS Health. But CVS’s largest competitor Walgreens Boots Alliance also made news this month, with announced plans to open 600 testing centers in its stores, working with testing giant Lab Corp. Kalorama Information has covered direct to consumer testing and retail clinics in previous reports.
National | Part 1: Can DPC and Retail Health Coexist? Patients Say ‘It’s Convenient.’ Physicians React to Retail Healthcare Clinics.
ATLANTA, GA USA | OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2018 – It is no secret that there is no love lost between Primary Care Physician’s and Retail Healthcare. Despite somewhat positive data, evidence and quality reports to support retail healthcare’s position and stability in the healthcare marketplace over the years, the commentary in medical journals, retorts by Physician’s and even the social media comment threads are usually quite negative.
In 2016, total U.S. retail clinic sales are estimated at more than $1.4 billion, an increase of 20.3% per year from $518 million in 2010. Through 2020, sales are expected to continue expanding. Strong historic growth has been driven by aggressive expansion, particularly by MinuteClinic, which is now owned by CVS. Hospital executives keeping a close eye on CVS continuing its push into retail healthcare should know that the company has gone live with a new telehealth option built on Teladoc’s platform. With market share and headlines like that, and a staggeringly extensive physical presence, it may seem surprising to a Physician that concepts like Direct Primary Care, mobile urgent care programs and Concierge Medicine have been able to carve off an increasingly thicker slice of consumer interest.
MinuteClinic Opens First Walk-in Medical Clinic in San Francisco
Individuals who visit MinuteClinic and do not have a primary care provider are given a list of physicians in the community who are accepting new patients. A new digital tool accessible via www.minuteclinic.com allows patients to view wait times at all MinuteClinic locations. Patients can also hold a place in line or schedule a future appointment from the convenience of their smartphone, computer or tablet.
Retail Clinics Market 2018-2025: Benefits, Capacity, Drivers, Strategies, Applications and Competitive Landscape
November 8, 2018 | By Ethan White
Retail Clinics Market report brings together multiple data sources to provide a comprehensive overview of the leading manufacturers, countries, revenue, consumption, suppliers, production, sales, opportunities, market risk, market driving force.
Company Coverage of Retail Clinics market includes Kroger, Rite Aid, Doctors Care, Clear Balance, CVS HealthÃ¢â¬â¢s MinuteClinic, NEXtCARE, RediClinic, Target Brands, The Little Clinic, U.S. HealthWorks, Urgent Care MSO, Walgreen Co., ,.
Read Full Research Report at http://www.industryresearch.co/global-retail-clinics-market-size-status-and-forecast-2018-2025-13094421
Retail Clinics Market Segmentation by types and applications:
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Geographical Coverage: USA, Europe, Japan, China, India, Southeast Asia, South America, South Africa, Others.
- McLaren aims to connect with younger patients and those who lack ties to primary care physicians.
- Beyond building a bigger funnel to its higher-acuity care services, McLaren sees potential growth for its insurance arm as well.
OTHER RELATED RETAIL CLINIC TRENDING STORIES
When the deal was first announced, McLaren President and CEO Philip Incarnati said the underlying strategy was part of an effort to better connect with younger patients. These retail clinics could offer an ideal setting in which to provide lower-acuity care to these consumers, since more than 60% of those who filled prescriptions at Walgreens stores did not have a relationship with a primary care doctor, Buxton says, citing information from Walgreens. That means these patients were not managing their own health through a traditional model.
Aside from funneling clinic patients into higher-acuity care settings when needed, the investment in these retail clinics provides McLaren with a touchpoint that could advance its other business objectives.
Pharmacy Tradeoff, Broader Strategy
McLaren will surrender all 14 of its existing pharmacies to Walgreens, which will own and operate some and simply file-transfer the others, Buxton says. Rather than characterize this arrangement as McLaren “giving up” its pharmacies to gain clinic sites, Buxton describes the swap as “strategically synergistic,” with Walgreens better-equipped than McLaren to maximize the pharmacies’ potential.
In much the same way that health systems must grow accustomed to providing care through telemedicine in response to rising consumer demand, organizations like McLaren cannot afford to ignore retail clinics as strictly somebody else’s business, Buxton says.
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