Why walk-in healthcare is a fast-growing profit center for retail chains

The Washington Post, April 7, 2014

Several trends are driving the expansion of health care into retail stores — including pharmacies, big-box stores and grocery stores — and some of those trends will be accelerated by the Affordable Care Act. One is the growing deficit in primary care doctors. The shortfall is expected to reach 45,000 by 2020, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. This dearth has been blamed on more doctors choosing higher-paying specialties, too little money for hospital residencies and the aging of the baby boom generation, which now needs more medical care.


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