Monday, March 14, 2011
Keeping Personal Health Care Costs to a Minimum
Nationwide, there are more than 1200 clinics which can be found in everyday destinations like grocery stores, pharmacies, and mass merchandisers. They provide a variety of services ranging from health screenings, vaccinations, and physical exams.
Industry experts say the use of retail clinics are on the rise. Last week, Target Corporation announced plans to open eight new Target Clinics by July 2011. This will be Target’s second clinic expansion in six months. Clearly, large retailers realize the value of efficient, preventative screenings and are capitalizing on the trend by providing inexpensive medical care. The Rand Corporation reports that consumers appreciate the decreased wait times, lower-costs, and transparent pricing schema that are typically associated with retail health clinics.
So, if once-regular physician visits have become few and far between, CVS minuteclinics, Walgreens Take Care clinics and Target Clinics can provide a temporary, viable alternative. Knowing your numbers is the first step toward preventing disease and maintaining good health for life.