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Opinion: How early retail health clinics set the stage for today’s mega-mergers

We launched the first retail health clinics 15 years ago. The ideas they set in motion are continuing to transform an industry in dire need of reform.
A pharmacist administers a flu vaccine at a Walgreens in New York. Source: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Fifteen years ago, we launched Take Care Health Systems, a pioneering company in retail health clinics. Little did we know that our clinics, and similar ones that followed, would become an important component of the current merger and acquisition and partnership activity currently reshaping health care.

We recognize the novelty of health care delivered by the right caregiver, in a convenient setting, at an affordable price that the clinician and the patient both knew. At the time, these concepts were new to health care and we believed that together they held

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