Carrollton, TX – The neighborhood drug store is evolving to offer a lot more than flu shots, but it’s not just the corner market who is betting on healthcare convenience. Joining companies like CVS, Walgreens and Kroger, Walmart opened its doors to a primary care clinic in a Carrollton, Texas store last week, with plans to extend their program by the end of the year.
Other than claiming the title of the world’s largest waiting room, Walmart is hoping to deliver primary medical care and management of chronic disease states. The move comes as aging Americans in rural communities are finding limited access to primary care due to a growing number of practices moving to urban areas. Walmart is known as the rural, blue-collar, “Save Money. Live Better.”megastore so the move just made sense.
This type of care is making its way to many retail stores throughout the U.S. as well as in the form of mobile kiosks in malls, grocery stores and gyms. Higi, a mobile connected health kiosk, plans to roll out 4,100 units in Rite Aid stores during Q4 2014 and Q1 2015. Walgreens has already introduced its health clinic and now attributes over 40% of its refill prescriptions from their mobile app. Kroger’s Little Clinic has partnered with surrounding hospitals and offers an integrated medical record exchange program to better diagnose and treat patients.
Walmart’s initiative to be your primary medical provider is a whole new take on easy-access healthcare. Now you can check out the latest video games, stock up on groceries and buy a new set of tires all while you wait for your latest checkup.
Posted By: Mike Martins