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BUSINESS: Study: Retail clinics to double, save $800M annually by 2015

By Antoinette Alexander

LAS VEGAS | JUNE 12, 2013 — The number of U.S. retail health clinics is projected to double by 2015 because of the increasing demand of newly insured patients under healthcare reform, according to new a report released on Wednesday by Accenture ACN at the annual America’s Health Insurance Plans Institute 2013 conference in Las Vegas.

The report shows that the growing number of retail-based health clinics is expected to drive $800 million in annual cost savings by 2015 and will add capacity for 10.8 million patient visits per year, compared with 5.1 million in 2011. In fact, according to Accenture’s analysis, the number of patient visits at retail clinics is projected to account for 10% of non-primary care outpatient visits by the end of 2015.

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