Over the past decade, the health and wellness industry has established itself as a $4 trillion-a-year powerhouse that shows no signs of slowing. And drugstores and pharmacy chains are eager to get their hands on some of that (vegan, sugar-free) pie by providing innovative methods for healthcare delivery in a retail setting.
Are the days of sitting for hours in a doctor’s office numbered? The numbers are definitely pointing in that direction. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll of 1,200 adults, 26 percent said they didn’t have a primary care provider. And the numbers are even higher for 18-29-year-olds, with 45 percent reporting being without a primary care provider.
It makes sense. Millennials are used to instant gratification and waiting around isn’t in their DNA. Plus, they like to know how much they’re going to spend and exactly what they’re going to get for their money. That’s why bringing healthcare to drugstores – places with flexible hours, convenient locations, and clearly posted price lists – are taking the nation by storm and transforming how healthcare is being delivered.
Here’s what the future of retail and healthcare collaboration looks like:
What other trends can we expect to see more of in terms of the evolution of healthcare and retail? Additional health services such as eyecare, lab testing and hearing aid fitting are already being housed in some pharmacies and big-box retailers. Curbside pickup and same-day delivery of prescription meds and health essentials are becoming commonplace, and drones are being introduced as well. And quick check-out technology via apps and virtual wallets are being implemented across the board to cut down on the amount of time you have to spend in line. It’s all part of the way healthcare and retail are evolving to make life healthier – and easier – for everyone.
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