It's the Consumer Stupid
I've been in a few meetings over the past few weeks and it is becoming abundantly clear that while the government and industry continue to squirm and wrangle over what to do with the maelstrom we know as healthcare, consumers are taking the lead.
The fact that Walmart is on the road to open mini-clinics in 2,000 locations is a good leading indicator that this is happening. Consumers want accessible, convenient care and Walmart is looking to fulfill that demand. I believe we'll continue to see consumers demand and get better quality of care and we will see new businesses pop up that will cater to this. Firms like Chronicity, operating under the name of ADD Health and Wellness Centers, provides integrative treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related conditions. Firms like this will offer a one stop shop for specialized care for ailments and conditions that consumers will gladly pay for out of pocket. As I've stated before, the Boomers are not going to go down easy. They will demand the highest levels of care and they will pay for it...whether in whole or in part. As a result, we won't have to wait for "Healthcare Canadian Style" to reach the US.