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Turnkey Clinics

Published June 17, 2010 1:05 PM by Jennifer Ford

A little-used business model for convenient care could be gaining ground: the franchise, or turnkey, model. Bellin Health in Minneapolis has 35 clinics, most of which follow the franchise model, according to JSOnline. Bellin takes care of all the details, for a price: "Bellin oversees the building and design, supplies the furniture and signs, and provides the marketing campaign. It also pays the build-out costs, typically about $150,000." Bellin Health plans to continue opening more similar clinics.

Right now Bellin sells its FastCare franchises to other healthcare systems, but I say this is an area of opportunity for NPs to become business owners. In the Convenient Care Report column last June ("The Silver Lining"), I mentioned a clinic chain that sold turnkey franchises - ASAP Medical Clinics in Portland, Maine - however, it seems that those clinics are no longer open.   

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