Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Calling Dr. Walmart…

The world's largest retailer wants to be your doctor too.

Walmart is stepping up its healthcare game with a leap into primary care.  This is a bold move following limited success with its retail health clinics (opened 260; closed 166*).  CVS and until last year, Walgreens, have been careful not to overstep into primary care - thus, minimizing the ire of local doctors.  Contrary to that, Walmart's intention is for new clinics in South Carolina and Texas to act as a primary care provider.  Given Walmart's geo footprint, their primary care concept may play out well as rural areas are traditionally underserved by primary care providers.

Expansion will continue by Walmart, as well as CVS and Walgreens.  At stake, a greater slice of the Obamacare pie…or, is it goodwill they're after?
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Weigh in…would you call on Dr. Walmart?  

*Merchant Medicine