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Retail health clinics have grown from concept to a functioning part of the U.S. health care marketplace. Retail clinics, also called convenience clinics, are mostly located in drug stores but also in retailers such as Walmarts and Target stores, grocery stores and even malls. The basic premise is that they take advantage of the retailers traffic, and provide defined services generally though a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant.. Especially attractive to customers, they offer walk in service, better hours and in some cases, lower costs. The concept survived the recession, the opposition of medical associations and state legislatures. But market developments have not always unfolded in line with forecasts made in the first launch of the concept. With the development of healthcare reform in
the United States, many are evaluating these small healthcare venues inside a heavily trafficked retail setting as a one of many possible answers to an expected increase in insured patients.
Kalorama has been watching the retail clinic industry for several years and in 2012, there are some changes and noticeable data that has challenged some of the assumptions previously made about these clinics. This report Retail Clinics 2012 looks at retail clinics' impact and growth over the next five years. The report forecasts the growth of stores with clinics, the sales of the clinics and takes a look at changing consumer opinion of clinics. It also looks at the sales that pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies may make through retail clinics.