Tuesday, May 12, 2009

U.S. – Hospitals begin to move into the retail business

An article that appeared in NY times today, says hospitals have started entering the retail business. As walk-in clinics at stores like CVS and Wal-Mart offer convenient alternatives to doctors’ offices and hospital emergency rooms, some hospitals are fighting back — with walk-in clinics at some of those same retailers.Around the country, hospitals are now affiliated with more than 25 Wal-Mart clinics. The Cleveland Clinic has lent its name and backup services to a string of CVS drugstore clinics in northeastern Ohio. And the Mayo Clinic is in the game, operating one Express Care clinic at a supermarket in Rochester, Minn., and a second one across town at a shopping mall. Read more - Hospital Retail Business. In India, we have pharmacy tie up’s largely and some medical camps organized. A clinic inside a supermarket or a hyper market could be a good initiative, both in terms of additional income to the retailer and adding value to the community.

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