Hospitals Feeling Competition from Retail Clinics?
1. Phoenix hospitals tout short emergency-room wait times in their advertising.
2. Baltimore hospitals try to improve emergency wait times.
According to Merchant Medicine, Arizona has 54 retail clinics operated by Minute Clinic, Take Care and the Little Clinic, and Maryland has 29 retail clinics operated by Target, Minute Clinic and ImmediCare.
Could hospitals in these states be responding to competition from the increasing number of retail health clinics, which are projected to continue to grow in the future (see chart above)?