Retail health clinics clear regulatory hurdle with FTC

October 8, 2007

FTC cites retail health clinics as having potential to expand.

In a letter written Sept. 27 by the Federal Trade Commission's Office of Planning, Bureau of Consumer Protection, and Bureau of Competition to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), retail health clinics were cited as having 'the potential to expand access to health care by making very basic medical care convenient and less costly." With the FTC filing these comments, which were invited by the MDPH, retail health clinics have crossed an important regulatory threshold and are well positioned as a high-quality, cost-effective option for consumers and payers, according to AB+M Partners, a healthcare consultancy based in Washington, D.C.

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