- November 25th 2011
After a year of retail clinic closures nearly matching the number of openings, 2011 may be the start of a rebound for the retail clinic market that will continue through 2015.
Tom Charland, CEO of Merchant Medicine, a retail clinic consultancy firm in Shoreview, Minn., published a report in January stating that the number of retail clinics could grow from 1,220 to more than 3,300 by 2015. But more likely, he predicted, the growth will average out to around 200 new clinics a year, for a 2015 total of nearly 2,300.
Charland publishes a monthly market report on the retail clinic industry and a yearly market prediction report that follows a symposium of retail clinic operators.
He said operators have cited health system reform and a shortage of primary physicians as reasons to expand, but he added that they might not increase clinic traffic as much as companies think.
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