August 8, 2014
HEALTH CARE COSTS CAN'T WITHSTAND COMMODIFICATION:
In Ambitious Bid, Walmart Seeks Foothold in Primary Care Services (RACHEL ABRAMS, AUG. 7, 2014, NY Times)
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 8, 2014 8:39 PMWelcome to Walmart. The nurse will be right with you.Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, has spent years trying to turn some of its millions of customers into patients, offering a simple menu of medical services that consumers can buy along with everything from a bag of chips to a lawn mower. Now, the store is making an aggressive push to become a one-stop shopping destination for medical care.The company has opened five primary care locations in South Carolina and Texas, and plans to open a sixth clinic in Palestine, Tex., on Friday and another six by the end of the year. The clinics, it says, can offer a broader range of services, like chronic disease management, than the 100 or so acute care clinics leased by hospital operators at Walmarts across the country. Unlike CVS or Walgreens, which also offer some similar services, or Costco, which offers eye care, Walmart is marketing itself as a primary medical provider.