Retail clinic numbers to hit 3,000 by 2015
Retail health clinics are a new healthcare delivery trend quickly picking up steam across the country, the Washington Post reports.
Walk-in retail clinics only date back about 14 years, according to the article, but after slow growth, management consulting firm Accenture predicts retail clinic numbers will almost double to nearly 3,000 by 2015. Several industry trends will drive the increase, according to the article, including:
The doctor shortage, which industry experts expect will create a 45,000 primary care provider deficit by 2020. The increasing number of insured people under the Affordable Care Act will add to the problem, according to the Post. “[The shortage is] a strong driver of retail clinics,” Ateev Mehrotra, M.D., of the RAND Corporation, told the Post. “If your primary care provider says you can have an appointment in three days, and you’re worried about a urinary tract infection or your daughter has an ear infection, the retail clinics are going to benefit from that.”
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