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Familiarity with retail clinics varies by region

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Jan. 14, 2013

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An industry report published at the end of 2012 found that the number of U.S. adults who used retail clinics doubled in the previous six years.

Health care market research firm Kalorama Information conducted an online survey of 2,000 adults in 2012 and found that 21% had visited a retail clinic, up from 10% six years earlier. Bruce Carlson, author of the report, partially attributes the “bunching” of the clinics in certain cities for growth in those areas, and for a lack of growth in others.

“In places like Atlanta, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Chicago, there is greater competition and awareness of retail clinics because companies have made investments there,” Carlson said. “In other cities, respondents right now say that they have not been to a clinic because there isn’t one close to them.”

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