Walmart to open ‘care clinic’ in Whittlesey Boulevard supercenter
|By Tony Adams, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer|
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The mega-retailer is planning to open what it calls a "
Another clinic is set to open that same day in
"There's about a dozen locations that are part of the pilot program,"
Using the slogan, "Quality healthcare doesn't have to cost a fortune,"
Nurse practitioners will be on staff. Appointments can be made, the retailer said, although walk-ins will be accepted.
"We do not currently accept third-party commercial insurance," Marquardt said. "We are in the process of accepting
An ... la carte list on the company's website shows on-site clinic lab tests ranging from
"It's creating a new price position for retail health services that aims to give both our associates and customers greater access to quality, affordable health care," Marquardt said.
The current effort by the retailer is different than in the past, when it contracted with independent health-care companies to set up clinics in some of its supercenters. Marquardt said there are now about 100 of those operating in
The new clinics will be owned and operated by
Marquardt said the care clinics inside the
Aside from the
The new clinic in a retail setting will join several traditional urgent care and primary care clinics already operating in the
"Our locations meet the needs of people in different neighborhoods who may be experiencing minor illnesses and injuries and are unable to see their primary physician," she said. "We also provide occupational medicine services at all our MyCare facilities, which meet the needs of small and large businesses throughout the community."
It included "areas with a lack or shortage of primary care providers, areas with a high propensity of uninsured, underinsured or
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