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Retail clinics redefine their roles

Effective May 18, 2017
Published May 18, 2017

As retail clinics expand in number and in scope of services, they could emerge as a threat to some primary care practices.

Though industry estimates vary, the United States has approximately 2,500 retail-based health clinics, and that number is on pace to exceed 2,800 locations by the end of 2017. CVS was the market leader with 1,040 locations as of January 2016, followed by Walgreens Healthcare Clinics with 403 locations. Kroger ranked third with 194 Little Clinics, while Wal-Mart, Target, and Rite-Aid all had fewer than 100 locations, according to a 2016 study from the Drug Channels Institute.


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