More primary care collaborations to come …
Walgreens entered into a primary care joint venture with Humana for the medicare population earlier in 2018. Recent reports from Forbes suggest that six months of operation had promising results.
Trends Affecting Health Professions in 2019
— To speculate on the future of health care, we’re following the money. In 2019, we’re poised to see a great deal more investment in new primary care models from these corporations. If effective at reducing costs, these models could quickly be adopted widely and shift a large percentage of health care delivery. The convenience of Walgreens and CVS Health’s retail footprint is a major selling point for consumers.
“So the doctor-patient relationship might be more casual; they might be likely to jump from one doctor to another: ‘I don’t have to see my doctor. Just a doctor.’”
“I believe it has a good chance that this may provide a template for primary care in many of our stores,” said Walgreens co-chief operating officer Alex Gourlay in the company’s earnings call. Ann Phelps of Jackson belongs to a generation that’s as mobile as the multitude of apps they created. Generally considered the population born between 1981 and 1996, millennials came up with Uber, Airbnb, Groupon, Tinder, Spotify, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and more, enabling users to scratch an itch for speedy connections in pursuit of a variety of needs and wants. That appetite for convenience and quick service is affecting the delivery of health care as significant numbers of young adults, including Phelps, are rejecting a long-term commitment to a regular, primary care physician in favor of walk-in treatment centers, such as urgent care and retail clinics.
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