At least $42 billion of the $2.8 trillion US healthcare industry is up for grabs as new market entrants from Walmart to technology start-ups seek a slice of the pie, according to a new study.
In a trend that threatens to upend the healthcare industry, new market players are capitalizing on freshly empowered consumers and the drive to create a value-based medical services delivery system, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers study, "Healthcare's new entrants: Who will be healthcare's Amazon.com?"
"There are huge openings for these new entrants to disrupt the healthcare sector," Ceci Connolly, managing director of PwC's Health Research Institute, said Tuesday during a webinar on the study. "In overwhelming numbers, consumers are willing to abandon old models for more efficient, convenient care. … We are seeing this go far beyond flu shots."
The key findings of the study are:
- Two dozen of last year's Fortune 50 companies are new entrants to the healthcare market
- New entrants are driving "democratization and decentralization" of healthcare, which is boosting access to medical services
- Consumers' growing insistence on price and transparency presents an opportunity to new entrants and a risk to traditional healthcare organizations
- New entrants are not only seeking a share of the $2.8 trillion medical services market but also "reshaping and expanding the $267 billion US fitness and wellness industry"
Christopher Cheney is the senior clinical care editor at HealthLeaders.