Wal-Mart Medical Clinics

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At yesterday’s National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Wal-Mart president Lee Scott (at right) announced the opening of 50 new in-store clinics adding to the handful now run by RediClinic, a division of Interfit Health, a Houston-based firm. Interfit is backed by Revolution Health Group, the post-Time Warner venture of AOL founder Steve Case with a stellar board of tech-savvy directors.

As we wrote in Wal-Mart’s Tough Choices last December, the biggest employer in America faces the biggest employee healthcare problem, and Scott says he’s dedicating himself to getting state governments focused on realistic solutions — instead of the employer mandates they’ve been contemplating. But the most disruptive line from the speech is: “We’re making health care more affordable and accessible to our
associates.  And with the clinics, we’re using our business strengths
to do the same for our customers and our communities
.”

When Wal-Mart starts competing with ol’ Doc Welby, things will start changing.

What Others Are Saying

  1. Bob Feb 7, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Great, now we can get crap healthcare, too. Oh wait. . .
    I suppose they’re just setting up for when they get the contract for the inevitable universal healthcare with the feds.

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    While I find the overal practice issues interesting, what I’m really wondering is what sort of technology are they planning on having in place to help manage the health information of the patients?

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