CVS Health announced in a press release that its MinuteClinic walk-in health clinics have surpassed 25 million patient visits since launching the first clinic in 2000. Now with nearly 1,000 locations, MinuteClinic seems poised to continue as the market leader in the retail clinic space.
Retail clinic utilization in America continues to grow. We wrote last month that visits to these health clinics have surpassed 10 million annually. According, to Andrew Sussman, M.D., MinuteClinic President and Executive Vice President/Associate Chief Medical Officer for CVS Health, there are various reasons why patients are relying on retail clinics.
He says, “The need for more accessible and affordable health care services offered at retail clinics is greater than ever as the medical profession addresses the primary care shortage, changes brought by health care reform and the needs of our aging population.”