October 21, 2005


Need A Doctor? Head To Wal-Mart (WFTV.com, October 21, 2005)

Attention Wal-Mart shoppers: The doctor is in.

Solantic, an urgent care company based in Jacksonville, has struck a deal with the world's largest retailer to locate walk-in clinics in two of its stores in Florida.

Each center has a board-certified physician on duty and is open on holidays and weekends -- the same hours as Wal-Mart is open.

Solantic said the flexible hours will make it easier for people who rarely see a doctor to do so without going to an emergency room.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2005 11:02 AM

Twenty-four-hour doctor's offices in the Supercenters would probably make the hospital emergency rooms of American jump for joy, though I doubt the folks up in Bentonville would like all the indigent cases in their stores that the ERs have to put up with.

Posted by: John at October 21, 2005 12:24 PM

The law of supply and demand. Gotta love it.

Posted by: tefta at October 21, 2005 2:04 PM

I have to say that I don't get it. Walmart's competitive advantage is a super-efficient supply chain. I don't see how that helps them supply low-priced medical services. Maybe they're trying to drive business to their pharmacies.

Posted by: David Cohen at October 21, 2005 9:16 PM

How many patients actually have anything wrong with them?

Posted by: oj at October 21, 2005 10:51 PM

In the ER on a Saturday? Lots, mostly self-inflicted. Broken hands, fight bites and barbecue burns may not be life threatening but they're not cheap to treat either.

Posted by: joe shropshire at October 21, 2005 11:19 PM

OJ lots of patients have essentially nothing wrong with them. I work on the side as volunteer firefighter/EMT here in New Hanover County N. Any 24 hour care center that is reasonably priced and competently staffed that could help relieve the congestion of non critical patients at the local ERís especially on the weekends has got to be a good thing.

For those who are unaware in every municipality in the country the shear volume of 911 medical calls that are for non-life threatening problems is absolutely staggering. Advanced life support paramedic staffed ambulances are being constantly tied up taking patients with stomachaches and stubbed toes to the ER. This delays response time to the patients who really need their help such as cardiac and difficulty breathing calls.

Posted by: BillMill at October 22, 2005 3:20 AM

David Cohen:

Wal~Mart won't own or operate these medical facilities - they're just the landlord.

Many Wal~Marts have optical centers and on-site optometrists, using the same model.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 22, 2005 2:37 PM