MAYO CLINIC ENTERS RETAIL CARE BUSINESS
January 25, 2008
In a prominent example of a major medical name getting into the fast-growing express-care retail clinic business, the Mayo Clinic announced it will open two Mayo Express Care clinics in early 2008, says Dr. Sanjit Baghi in the Heartland Institute's Health Care News.
- The clinics will be located in high-traffic, high-visibility areas with convenient parking that is close to pharmacies.
- The express care clinics in both states will be staffed by nurse practitioners and supported by family medicine physicians.
- Like other retail clinics, they will treat common ailments such as colds, flus, ear infections, skin conditions, and allergies.
"Primary care is going retail," noted Devon Herrick, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas. "Patients are acting more like consumers and demanding convenient access to a health care provider, without having to make an appointment a week in advance and drive across town, only to wait in a doctor's office.
"Having a respected health care system run these facilities gives patients -- and the concept of retail medicine -- more legitimacy," Herrick added. "It also helps the hospital to extend brand awareness in the minds of patients."
Source: Dr. Sanjit Bagchi, "Mayo Clinic Enters Retail Care Business," Heartland Institute, February 1, 2008.
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