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Would You Go To See A Wal-Mart Doctor For Your Healthcare? November 10, 2011

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We are curious to know your opinion.   Below is an excerpt from NPR’s Health Blog.

The nation’s largest retailer is planning to offer medical services ranging from the management of diabetes to HIV infections, NPR and Kaiser Health News have learned. 

In the same week in late October that Wal-Mart said it would stop offering health insurance benefits to new part-time employees, the retailer sent out a request for partners to help it “dramatically … lower the cost of healthcare … by becoming the largest provider of primary healthcare services in the nation.”

On Tuesday, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Tara Raddohl confirmed the proposal. She declined to elaborate on specifics, calling it simply an effort to determine “strategic next steps.”

The 14-page request, which you can read here, asks firms to spell out their expertise in a wide variety of areas, including managing and monitoring patients with chronic, costly health conditions. Partners are to be selected in January.

Analysts said Wal-Mart is likely positioning itself to boost store traffic, possibly by expanding the number of its in-store medical clinics and the services they offer.

The move would also capitalize on growing demand for primary care in 2014, when the federal health law fully kicks in and millions more Americans are expected to have government or private health insurance.

Click below to read the rest of the article, then let us know what you think, would you go to see a Wal-Mart doctor for your healthcare?

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/11/10/142156478/wal-mart-plans-ambitious-expansion-into-medical-care

 

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1. capitationfavor - November 10, 2011

you know i read about this yesterday and i was a little frightened, lol. but the reality is that in rural areas we have a shortage of doctors including PCP’s so this might not be a bad idea in those undeserved areas. but, i really think they should be free standing clinics, who really wants to shop for food & what not, where people with contagious diseases are being treated. and finally, do we really think that walmart’s concern will be the patient & providing the best care or the bottom line & how do they profit from desperate people.


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