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Wal-Mart healthcare top 20

by Tannus Quatre PT, MBA | March 4th, 2008 | No responses

RN Central has identified 20 ways in which Wal-Mart will affect healthcare throughout the US (…and I thought 7 ways was a lot).  Wal-Mart has had a significant impact on a few other industries (retail, pharmaceuticals, to name a couple) so why would we expect their impact on healthcare through retail health clinics to be any different?

Big-box behemoth Wal-Mart has ventured into the healthcare realm, offering low-cost, walk-in clinics in more and more of its stores every day. Although Wal-Mart medicine may not sound like a great idea at first, these clinics can bring good changes to the health care industry, like insurance-free care, eased emergency rooms, and more widespread treatments. Of course, the plan is not without its drawbacks, creating a “Wal-Mart effect” on small practitioners, as well as a race to the bottom. Here, we’ll take a good look at some of the implications you might not have thought about.

Tannus Quatre PT, MBA
Tannus Quatre is a private practice consultant and principal with Vantage Clinical Solutions, Inc., a nationwide healthcare consulting and management firm located in Bend, OR and Denver, CO. Tannus specializes in the areas of healthcare marketing, strategy, and finance, and can be reached through the Vantage Clinical Solutions website.