U.S. Retail Clinics Expected to Double by 2015, Could Partner With Health Systems

The number of retail medical clinics in the United States could double by 2015, according to The ConvUrgentCare Market Report by Merchant Medicine.

There are currently 1,200 retail clinics in the United States and that number is projected to reach 2,000 to 2,500 by 2015 as health consumers seeks out lower-cost, more convenient primary and urgent care services.

Growth in the overall urgent care industry is expected to be only moderate. Today's 4,500 clinics are anticipated to grow to around 5,500 by 2015.

The future of retail clinics is expected to be greatly shaped by their relationships with hospitals and their role in accountable care organizations. CVS' Minute Clinic, which currently has the largest market share of all retail clinics, has recently announced partnerships with Cleveland Clinic, Minneapolis-based Allina Health and Catholic Healthcare West.

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