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PROJECTIONS: 2,805 retail clinics in 2017

Accenture has revised the estimates and projections for the number of retail clinics in the United States through 2017:

  •    351 in 2006
  • 1,914 in 2014
  • 2,805 in 2017

Source:  Accenture. (2015). US retail health clinics expected to nearly double by 2017 according to Accenture analysis. Click here: https://www.accenture.com/t20150827T034830__w__/us-en/_acnmedia/Accenture/Conversion-Assets/DotCom/Documents/Global/PDF/Digital_2/Accenture-Retail-Health-Clinics-POV.pdf

Earlier Blog Post Here:

Accenture has published projections of the growth in the number of retail clinics in the United States through 2015:

  • 1,418 in 2012
  • 1,743 in 2013
  • 2,243 in 2014
  • 2,868 in 2015

From a different source, here is an estimate of the total retail clinic visits.  These are US national estimates based on data from the three biggest operators of retail clinics (MinuteClinic, TakeCare, and LittleClinic):

  • 1,480,000 visits (2007)
  • 3,520,000 visits (2008)
  • 5,970,000 visits (2009)

Retail clinic visits vary seasonally, peaking in October and November because of people getting a flu shot and, to a lesser extent, due to respiratory illnesses.

There is another somewhat older study that profiles retail clinics.  Here are some of the findings:

  • Retail clinics first opened in 2000
  • Ten years later (2010), there were an estimated 1200 retail clinics in operation
  • Clustered in FL, CA, TX, MN, IL
  • About one-third of the URBAN population in the US lives within a 10-minute drive of a retail clinic
  • Most retail clinics are owned by CVS, Walgreens, or Target
  • Most are located OUTSIDE of medically-underserved areas
  • Young adults make up a large percentage of clinic patients
  • Most retail clinic patients do not have a regular provider
  • Health insurance was used to pay for two-thirds of clinic visits (compared to 90 percent of primary care physician visits)
  • Fully 90 percent of clinic visits were for 10 simple conditions or preventive care
  • Costs of care were MUCH LOWER than in other provider settings

Sources: Accenture.  Retail Medical Clinics: From Foe to Friend? 2013.  Click here for full text: http://www.accenture.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/PDF/Accenture-Retail-Medical-Clinics-From-Foe-to-Friend.pdf   Mehrotra, A., and Lave, R.J.  Visits to retail clinics grew fourfold from 2007 to 2009, although their share of overall outpatient visits remains low.  Health Affairs;31(9):2123-2129, Sept. 2012.  Click here for article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3625662/pdf/nihms446712.pdf ; and, Health care on aisle 7: the growing phenomenon of retail clinics.  Research Highlights [RAND], 2010.  [RB-9491-1].  Click here for full text: http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9491-1.html  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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