Doctor Smiley Face Will See You Now!

Wal-Mart expanding in-store health clinics.
By The Associated Press

Wal-Mart Stores will open its first in-store medical clinics under its own brand name after leasing space in dozens of stores to outside companies that operate the quick-service health stops.

The world's largest retailer said last week it will open The Clinic at Wal-Mart as a joint venture with local hospital systems in Atlanta, Dallas and Little Rock, Ark., starting in April.

Wal-Mart is among several supermarket and drugstore chains that in the past couple of years have begun opening store-based health clinics, which are staffed mostly by nurse practitioners or physician assistants and offer quick service for routine conditions from colds and bladder infections to sunburns.

About 7% of Americans have tried a clinic at least once, according to an estimate by the Convenient Care Association, an industry trade group formed in 2006.

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1 comment:

Sunny Badger said...

This sounds like it might be an interesting component to some of the questions about rising health care costs.

I'm wondering why Wal-Mart hasn't moved into the pre-school and day care business. They have school supplies and lunch available. Maybe the health clinic will be followed by the pre-school and day care centers.

Who knows, may K-12 will follow. Graduates would be well trained for their pre-globalism careers.