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Explosive Growth in Medical Tourism and Rise of Retail Clinics Provide Huge Cost Savings for Patients
Date:7/30/2008

for the relative low price differences associated with visiting their primary care physicians for the same treatments. The cost of services provided by retail clinics range from $50 to $75, with the majority priced at $59, compared to a physician's office visit, which can cost from $55 to $250. Additionally, the cost for a retail clinic physical, at $25 to $49, can also result in savings compared to a physical at a physician's office that can cost anywhere from $50 to $200.

-- The U.S. market for disease management services is projected to reach $30 billion by 2013, providing convergence opportunities for retail pharmacies to add disease management services to attract consumers to their stores for cross-selling opportunities, providing one-stop shopping for health care services.

-- Retail clinics and pharmacies positioned for market success may also include pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services that could also attract significant market share, particularly for disease management services to treat chronic conditions.

"Hospitals, physicians and health plans will need to quickly adapt to the competition from non-traditional players and develop long-term strategies, such as M&A, alliances and partnerships, to capture market success," said Keckley. "Those that factor in the unique attitudes and preferences of consumers as they make strategic decisions about partnering and developing new business models and care delivery networks will have a huge opportunity to win the consumer market."

Deloitte's new analysis expands on its "2008 Survey of Health Care Consumers" (http://www.deloitte.com/us/consumerism), which initially exposed several disruptive trends, including consumers' growing appetite for medical tourism, use of retail clinics, alternative therapies and tools and technology to self-navigate the health care system. Two in five respondents surveyed said they were inter
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