Looking back, the retail health clinics touched everything we hold dear in health care today. They helped launch the era of patient-centric care; brought price transparency to the industry; made care for most — if not care for all — a possibility by introducing prices that were affordable and accessible; and spotlighted the value of right provider, right place, and right time. Not long after the emergence of retail clinics, the health care industry saw the rise of concierge medicine, urgent care centers, and telemedicine.
Fifteen years ago, we launched Take Care Health Systems, a pioneering company in retail health clinics. Little did we know that our clinics, and similar ones that followed, would become an important component of the current merger and acquisition and partnership activity currently reshaping health care.