Walmart expands Care Clinic

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) is expanding its Walmart Care Clinic to two additional stores in South Carolina. The program brings low-cost healthcare services to employees and shoppers.

Walmart Care Clinics offer walk-in medical services for a flat fee. Employees pay $4 and shoppers $40. Services range from wellness and preventative care to acute care and referrals to specialists.

The retailer debuted the service in three Texas locations but will soon expand the test to two additional stores slated to open July 31 in Sumter and Florence, South Carolina, according to Supermarket News.

Labeed Diab, Walmart president of health and wellness, outlined the program to the press during a series of store tours and media events leading up to the company's annual shareholder meeting in June. The concept could disrupt the health services sector in much the same way Walmart's $4 and $10 generic prescription program forced retailers and drug companies to lower generic prescription drug costs.

The effort first and foremost is a way for Walmart to lower costs and provide healthcare to employees. But by opening up the service to shoppers, Walmart can now carve out a new niche in pharmacy.

For more:
-See this Supermarket News story

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