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Columbus Business First writes that the Merchant Medicine’s ConvUrgentCare 2012 Market Report is predicting a 10 percent increase in the number of in-store health clinics around the country this year, following an increase from 1,220 nationally a year ago to 1,360 on February 1, 2012.

According to the story, growth is expected to be seen at Little Clinic (in some 80 Kroger stores at present), CVS’s MinuteClinic, and Clinic at Walmart.

And, the story continues, “Urgent-care clinics should see equivalent growth, and worksite clinics should see even greater expansion fueled by new players. One of those players could be Dublin-based HealthSpot Inc., which is planning to launch its videoconference pods in clinics and pharmacies around the state this summer. Employers view worksite clinics as a cost control tool and the emergence of retail clinics as care management programs for chronic diseases like diabetes were cited as reasons for the expected growth.”
KC's View:
No surprise here. I’ve long felt that, especially in the current health care environment, in-store clinics are a strong long-term response, not to mention strategically smart thing for supermarkets and drug stores to do.