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Retail Clinics 2011: Growth of Stores, Best Venues, Winning Competitors, Supplier Sales of Products to Clinics, Clinic Sales Forecasts and Trends

Convenience clinics, also known as retail health clinics, are a quickly growing segment of the U.S. health care marketplace, although their expansion has slowed somewhat from the very high rates of their early years. This report looks at retail clinics’ impact and growth over the next five years.

Although different operators employ slightly different approaches, the overall business model utilized by convenience clinics is quite consistent. It involves the provision of basic healthcare services at a low cost, in a facility conveniently located in a busy retail outlet, with broad hours of operation. Care is intended to supplement that provided by the patient’s primary care provider, particularly for common illnesses where the diagnoses are clear-cut and the therapies are proven. Locations such as drug stores, food stores, mass merchandisers and other popular retail outlets with pharmacies enable patient accessibility and make it easy for patients to get their prescriptions filled nearby.

When last Kalorama published the first syndicated market research study on the emerging trend of in-store clinics in 2007, retail clinics were a novel trend. Now, with a few years of activity, they are established in food, drug, mass merchandizing and other stores, with both successes and failures. There is growth in some projects, scalebacks in others. Kalorama has analyzed these developments and returned to examine the state of the market in 2011.

In this market research report, Kalorama outlines many of the factors that will determine the future of the retail clinic concept:

  • State of the Market in 2011
  • Competitors in the Market: Who Won and Who Lost
  • What Consumers, Physicians and Legislators Think About Retail Clinics
  • 'Out of Pocket' Healthcare Spending and its Impact on Retail Clinics
  • Health Care Reform and Retail Clinics
  • Projections for Future Growth of Clinics
  • Markets for Vaccines to Retail Clinics
  • Markets for POC Diagnostic Products to Retail clinics
  • Calculations of the Indirect Revenue that retail clinics can add to Store Income.
  • Types of Stores (Food Store, Drug Store, Mass Merchandize or box store, Other) that will most benefit from retail clinics
  • How the 2011 economy will shape the retail clinic market
  • Labor Shortages, Varying Standards and Other Trends That will Impact this Market
  • Company Profiles of Major Retail Clinic Companies
Information for this report was gathered from a wide variety of published sources including company reports, catalogs, materials and public filings; government documents; trade journals; newspapers and business press; analysts’ reports and other sources. Interviews with company representatives were conducted to capture the perspectives from industry participants’ point of view and assess trends, and form the basis of the forecasting and competitive analysis. Dollar figures represent the U.S. market and are expressed in current dollars. period and forecasts are provided through 2015. The size of each market segment refers to manufacturers’ revenues.

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Retail Clinics Prosper Despite Economic, Regulatory Hurdles

Despite the actions of some states to regulate their activity and limit the scope of the conditions they treat, retail clinics have grown overall and will likely become a durable part of the healthcare system, according to independent healthcare market research firm Kalorama Information. The firm estimated retail clinic sales at $733.4 million, an increase of 81% per year since 2005, in its latest report, Retail Clinics 2011: Market Assessment, Supplier Sales, Key Players and Trends.

"The concept is still novel, it still arouses some fears, but our research finds that the clinics are popular, particularly in drugstore settings," said Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information.

The growth comes despite the recession and at a time when some state legislatures, at the behest of physician lobbies, have passed laws that could curtail retail clinic operations. For example, Florida limits a physician to supervising only one clinic, while North Carolina's law restricts physicians to two supervisees, which could have the same effect. These laws could go to the heart of the retail clinic concept, which is that some cost savings will come from using nurse practitioners instead of physicians. Massachusetts has regulated what conditions can be treated in clinics and limits immunizations of children to flu shots only. New York State is investigating whether retail clinics steer customers towards the in-store pharmacy, and is among several states considering a ban on tobacco sales where a retail location has a clinic.

"So far the laws that have direct safety implications have passed in a few states," said Carlson. "The very restrictive laws--such as requiring a permit to have a retail clinic, or requiring the clinic to alert a patient's doctor when they visit--have not passed."

Kalorama suggests that the lack of federal intervention in retail clinics and the failure of more states to pass retail clinic laws are indicators that the clinics right now have not lived up to the fears of opponents. If several cases of negligent care arose that could be tied specifically to the retail clinics' unique business model, it might accelerate legislative action, according to the report.

Retail Clinics 2011: Market Assessment, Supplier Sales, Key Players and Trends looks at retail clinics' impact and growth over the next five years. It examines the market share of various companies and the potential revenues that suppliers may earn selling to retail clinics.

CHAPTER ONE: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • Global Headquarters
  • THE U.S. HEALTHCARE MARKET
    • The Need for Alternatives
    • Vulnerable Populations
    • Healthcare Reform
    • The Emergence of Retail Clinics
    • Establishing a Retail Clinic
    • OUT OF POCKET EXPENDITURES
    • SERVICE PROVIDERS
  • Suppliers
    • Clinical Chemistry and Immunoassays
    • Vaccines
  • RETAIL OUTLETS
    • Drug Stores
    • Food Stores
    • Mass Merchandisers
    • Other Outlets
  • Issues and Trends
    • Weak Economic Recovery
    • Health Care Reform
    • Public Awareness
    • Competition with Primary Care Providers
    • Regulation
    • Development of Standards
    • Streamlining of Services
    • Labor Shortages
CHAPTER TWO: INTRODUCTION
  • The U.S. Healthcare System Today
    • Overview
    • The Need for Alternatives
    • High Cost of Care
    • Inconsistent Quality of Care
    • Delays to Treatment
    • Healthcare Reform
    • Medical Tourism
  • The History of Retail Clinics
  • Retail Clinics Today
    • Business Model
    • Consumer Response
    • Growth Drivers
    • Challenges
  • Establishing A Retail Clinic
    • Demographics and Location
    • Choice of Outlet
    • Systems and Scheduling
    • Funding and Expansion
    • Alliances
CHAPTER THREE: OUT-OF-POCKET HEALTHCARE EXPENDITURES IN 2011
  • Types of Expenditures
    • Insurance Co-Payments
    • Direct Payments
    • Premiums and Plan Fees
    • Cash or Check
    • Credit Cards
    • Loans and Lines of Credit
    • Flexible Spending Accounts
    • Health Savings Accounts
    • Medical Financing
  • Amount Financed
    • Non-Elective Procedures and Prescription Drugs
  • Consumers Who Pay Out of Pocket
    • The Uninsured and Underinsured
    • Medicaid Recipients
    • The Disabled
    • Senior Citizens
    • The Mentally Ill
    • The Obese
    • Persons with Chronic Conditions
CHAPTER FOUR: OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENDITURES TO 2015
  • Forecasts
  • Expenditures by Type
  • Payment Methods
  • Amount Financed
  • Consumers Who Pay Out-of-Pocket
CHAPTER FIVE: RETAIL CLINIC SERVICE PROVIDERS
  • The Industry
  • Sales Forecasts
  • The Market
  • Competitive Position of Key Players
CHAPTER SIX: RETAIL CLINIC SUPPLIERS
  • Point of Care Tests
  • The Industry
  • Convenience Clinic Sales Forecasts
  • Clinical Chemistry and Immunoassays
  • The Industry
  • Competitive Positions of Key Players
  • Convenience Clinic Sales Forecasts
  • Vaccines
CHAPTER SEVEN: OUTLETS
  • Drug Stores
    • Competitive Positions of Key Players
    • Convenience Clinic Sales Forecasts
  • Food Stores
    • The Industry
    • Competitive Positions of Key Players
    • Convenience Clinic Sales Forecasts
  • Mass Merchandizers
    • The Industry
    • Competitive Positions of Key Players
    • Convenience Clinic Sales Forecasts
  • Other Outlets
    • The Industry
    • Competitive Positions of Key Players
    • Convenience Clinic Sales Forecasts
CHAPTER EIGHT: TOTAL MARKET
    CHAPTER NINE: ISSUES AND TRENDS
    • Weak Economic Recovery
    • Health Care Reform
    • Public Awareness
    • Competition With Primary Care Providers
      • Regulation of Convenience Clinics
      • Pending Legislation
    • Development of Standards
    • Streamlining of Services
    • Labor Shortages
    CHAPTER TEN: COMPANY PROFILES
    • Access Health
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Convenience Clinics
    • Aurora Quick Care
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Convenience Clinics
    • Bellin Health Fast Care
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Convenience Clinics
    • Capitol One Healthcare Finance
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Patient Financing
    • Care today
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Convenience Clinics
    • Care Credit
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Patient Financing
    • Credit Medical
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Patient Financing
    • CSI Financial Services
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Patient Financing
    • E-Financing Solutions
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Patient Financing
    • MedChoice Financial
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Patient Financing
    • Med Direct
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Patient Financing
    • Minute Clinic
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Convenience Clinics
    • My Healthy Access
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Convenience Clinics
    • PFS
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Patient Financing
    • RediClinic
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Convenience Clinics
    • Reliance Medical Finance
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Patient Financing
    • Solantic
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Convenience Clinics
    • Take Care Health Systems
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Convenience Clinics
    • Target Clinic Medical Associates
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Convenience Clinics
    • The Little Clinic
      • History and Lines of Business
      • Financial Information
      • Convenience Clinics

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