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Accenture thinks the number of retail health clinics opening up in store settings like...

Accenture thinks the number of retail health clinics opening up in store settings like drugstores will double by the end of 2015. Though medical professionals warn about fragmented healthcare, the ease of service and lower costs of the care clinics could keep demand high. It's a trend to watch for CVS Caremark (CVS), Walgreen (WAG), Target (TGT), and Wal-Mart (WMT) as the retailers look to take advantage of expanded health insurance coverage in the U.S.
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  • Whitehawk
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    Interesting call. This was the trend a few years ago, but then many of these clinics closed due to lack of profitability. What will change that? Perhaps those dumping their high and higher cost insurance and use out-of-pocket pay clinics to a greater degree?
    12 Jun 2013, 03:46 PM Reply Like
  • exportman1
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    Makes sense. Why go to a surgeon for a headache or the flu? Where is Rite Aid (RAD) in this mix? How about Costco (COST)?
    12 Jun 2013, 07:52 PM Reply Like
  • blackbart10
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    Accenture missed that Walmart closed 33 clinics in 2012 as that company has pulled back in this area.
    12 Jun 2013, 10:50 PM Reply Like
  • blackbart10
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    I thought Walmart was or has already pulled back on those clinics already
    12 Jun 2013, 10:50 PM Reply Like
  • genomegk
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    The fee-for-service health care monstrosity is based on an unsustainable business model

     

    The minute clinics will siphon off low hanging fruit and hasten the day when the fee-for-service/insurance monstrosity suffers the same fate as other failed business models.

     

    The only question is how bad will things get before someone does for health care what Walmart did for retailing.
    13 Jun 2013, 09:16 AM Reply Like
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