Two of the largest retail clinic changes in America recently made headlines with exciting news that speaks to the growth of these facilities in our healthcare delivery system.
RediClinic, an operator of 30 retail clinics in the greater Houston, Austin and San Antonio areas, announced on April 10 that it had been acquired by the Rite Aid Corporation and that it will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid. RediClinic opened its first store-based clinic in 2005. Rite Aid had previously only utilized telemedicine services in some of its stores through NowClinic, a provider of online care administered through secure, real-time access to nurses and physicians via the Internet. You can learn more about the acquisition in this Houston Business Journal article as well as RediClinic’s news release.
More recently, CVS MinuteClinic, the largest retail clinic company in the U.S., announced on April 22 that it had surpassed 20 million patient visits since opening the nation’s first store-based clinic in 2000. According to multiple sources and the company’s press release, significant retail growth is expected in the near future “with the demand for more accessible and affordable health care services as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the primary care provider shortage and an aging Baby Boomer population.”
MinuteClinic expects to have 1,500 clinics nationwide by 2017, and currently has more than 800 locations in 28 states.