Retail Medical Clinics Are Still Going Strong — The states with the most retail clinics are Texas, Florida, Ohio, Illinois, and Tennessee, according to as-yet-unpublished 2018 survey results provided by Merchant Medicine
Merchant Medicine, LLC notes you can’t ignore what’s going on in the marketplace. ‘Remember that urgent care is nothing more than a carve-out of primary care medicine at one end and emergency departments at the other. Retail clinics are also a carve-out of primary care, but also a carve-out of urgent care. It’s hard to separate them based on their scope of services.’ ~Merchant Medicine
Here are three quotes that illustrate the transformation going on around us:
“By delivering the combined capabilities of our two leading organizations, we will transform the consumer health experience and build healthier communities through a new innovative health care model that is local, easier to use, less expensive and puts consumers at the center of their care.” — CVS Health President and Chief Executive Officer Larry J. Merlo on November 28 in the press release announcing the completion of CVS’ acquisition of Aetna.
“We are building the nation’s first comprehensive, next-generation, primary and ambulatory care system.” — David Wichmann, chief executive officer of UnitedHealth Group, at a recent investor meeting.
“Our population thinks about urgent care and primary care as the same thing. That includes illness, injury and prevention.” – David Sanders, M.D., co-founder and CEO of Zoom+Care in a recent blog post on Merchant Medicine’s website.
Retail clinics have emerged near many primary care practices and have attracted many patients. Even when these clinics are not quite a competitive threat, physicians say they can disrupt relationships with patients by providing parallel care that is often unaccounted for.
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