by November 4th, 2013on
Okay, show of hands, how many people have received their flu shot this year? Where did you go? If you are like me and most Americans these days you probably didn’t want schedule an appointment with your doctor. You most likely needed a few things at your local grocery store, or needed to pick up extra Halloween candy at Wal-Mart or Target and ended up in their retail health clinic line on your way to the checkout line.
Retail health clinics are popping up everywhere. You can barely go into any drugstore or supermarket without seeing one. The sudden burst of these walk in clinics comes from the fact that more and more healthcare needs are being driven by consumers and these days, when it comes to healthcare, consumers want what they want, when they want it.
Impact on Triple Aim
Healthcare consumers are looking for affordable, accessible and quality care without having to wait hours, days, or even weeks for basic primary healthcare services1. Retail and pharmacy-based care clinics provide just that.
Improved Experience through Access:
Conveniently located in retail locations, such as pharmacies and drugstores, supermarkets, big box retailers, and other high-traffic retail settings with pharmacies, these clinics have provided convenient and accessible primary care to more than 20 million people nationwide1. These clinics are typically open 7 days a week, with extended hours, appointments generally only last 20 minutes and there are little to no wait times. If you do have to wait, most provide a restaurant-style pager so people can walk around the store while they wait2.