A study in Health Affairs found that faithful adherence to prescribed medication regimens by the nation’s diabetics could save an estimated $8.3 billion in annual healthcare costs in avoided hospitalizations and emergency department visits. Pharmacies are experimenting with new tools and programs to make sure people take their meds on time and consistently. Read more from FierceHealthcare.
Retail clinics are another growth area for pharmacies like Walgreens, CVS and others.
A report in Health Affairs shows that visits to retail clinics are up 303% from 2007 to 2009. This shows that patients are voting, with their checkbooks, for greater convenience in their healthcare services. Modern Healthcare reports that the researchers concluded "…the chief drivers are convenience, after-hours accessibility and cost-effectiveness."
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