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

ested in pursuing treatment abroad if quality was comparable and the savings were 50 percent or more. Additionally, 16 percent of consumers have already used a walk-in clinic in a pharmacy, shopping center, store or other retail setting, and 34 percent said they might do so in the future. Consumers also expressed interest in seeking care from alternative providers (38 percent) connecting with their doctors via e-mail (76 percent), accessing online medical records and test results (78 percent), as well as using self-monitoring devices at home (88 percent), if they were to develop a condition that required regular monitoring.

Additional reports from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions research series on "disruptive innovations" in health care previously released include:

-- "The Medical Home: Disruptive Innovation for a New Primary Care Model," profiled a new payment method for primary care practices that focuses on results for coordination of care. Available online at http://www.deloitte.com/us/medicalhome.

-- "Connected Care: Technology-enabled Care at Home," presented two applications of in-home technologies that reduce unnecessary visits and hospitalizations and improve care. Available online at http://www.deloitte.com/us/connectedcareathome.

Note to Editors: The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions will host a Webcast titled "The Rise of Retail Clinics: Facts, Trends, and Implications," on July 30th at 2:00 p.m. EDT. To register for the Webcast, please visit: http://www.deloitte.com/us/retailclinics/dbrief.

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