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Study: Retail Clinic Popularity Spiking

Visits to retail clinics increased more than 400 percent from 2007-2009, when nearly 6 million visits were made to the clinics in drug stores, supermarkets or other stores, a new Rand study says.

Baltimore Sun: Retail Clinics Are Becoming More Popular, According To A New Study By Rand Corporation
Not so long ago mixing a shopping trip with a visit to the doctor might not have crossed most people's minds. But the concept has caught on quickly. Clinics located in drug stores, supermarket and retail stores are attracting a rapidly growing number of patients, according to a new study released Wednesday by research group the RAND Corporation. Researchers found that visits to retail medical clinics increased four-fold from 2007 to 2009. Visits reached 5.97 million in 2009, compared to 1.48 million in 2007 (Walker, 8/15).

Modern Healthcare: Retail Clinic Visits Spike In Two Years
Visits to retail clinics increased 403% from 2007 to 2009, and about 44.4% of those visits occurred during hours when physician offices are typically closed, according to a report posted online by Health Affairs. The report, which includes data from CVS Caremark Corp.-owned MinuteClinic, Walgreens-owned Take Care Health Systems, and Kroger Co.-owned Little Clinic, stated that there were 1.48 million retail clinic visits in 2007, 3.52 million in 2008, and 5.97 million in 2009 (Robeznieks, 8/16).

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