Archive for the 'In-Store Clinics' Category

GROUND ZERO FOR CONTAGIOUS INFECTIONS…

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Jonathan has written before and continues to write about how Walmart’s sick-leave policy for employees all but guarantees that shopping in a Walmart puts you at risk of becoming infected with some any number of viral and bacterial contagions. But for those Walmarts with in-store clinics, you’re at risk from customers shopping while waiting to […]

PATIENTS WELL ENOUGH TO SHOP…?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Jonathan has been all over the Swine Flu and Walmart employees, but this afternoon I came across an interesting story up in Senator Olympia Snowe’s state of Maine where Walmart is opening in-store health clinics. I’ve written several times about these kinds of clinics, but given the near panic in this country about the Swine […]

OH HELL FIRE, JUST LET WALMART DO IT…

Monday, October 5th, 2009

If there are two elements that I would suggest never be combined they would be Wall Street and health care. Clearly the people who stole billions from American taxpayers are not to be trusted with the basic health and well being of those same citizens. From 24/7 Wall St: Let Wal-Mart take over the creation […]

WALMART ISN’T A DRUG STORE…?

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Reading Greg T. Spielberg’s Business Week piece on Walmart’s in-store clinics this morning, one line jumped out at me: Walmart is not a drugstore. What the feck? OK, I know that statement is literally true, but what are the pharmacies, candy stores for adults? The context of the quote is that Walmart’s entrance into the […]

Another try at health care

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Wal-Mart Begins to Rebuild Health Clinic Business Early last year, the company spoke of having 400 walk-in clinics by 2010. But later in 2008, that plan went into reverse. Of the 78 clinics Wal-Mart had in operation at the beginning of 2008, all but 17 were closed. … Revolution Health, said in an e-mail message […]

IS THE DOCTOR REAL, OR ON MEMOREX…?

Monday, July 21st, 2008

There are circumstances — such as the patient isolated in Antarctica — where a physician must conduct an examination via remote means. But do you really want to speak with a doctor hundreds or thousands of miles away when you have other choices? That’s a choice Wal-Mart customers are going to have in My Healthy […]

DID SMARTCARE GET SMARTER IN COLORADO…?

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

During the past year we’ve written about the coming of in-store healthcare clinics like Take Care, Quick Health, Quick Care and Smart Care. The concept seems good, but the execution has not been what the clincs or Wal-Mart had hoped it would be. Wal-Mart had talked about 400 clinics by 2010. That number may be […]

THE GOOD SIDE OF CLINICS IN WAL-MARTS…

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

While I have misgivings concerning how well health clinics run by a company whose mantra is sell it to me cheaper so that I can make more profit will actually serve patients, I’m also willing to share the point of view of a more optimistic real health care worker. From RNCentral: Big-box behemoth Wal-Mart has […]

Once again Walmart sets the pace

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

GP surgery opens in a supermarket Patients who cannot make it to a GP surgery during the day will be able to visit an out-of-hours doctor in Sainsbury’s under a new pilot project. The supermarket giant opened a surgery at one of its Manchester stores on Monday, allowing local residents to combine a shopping trip […]

WalMart – The Future of Medicine

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

A couple days ago, in a post at Salon.com , Dr. Rahul K. Parikh MD argued that WalMart can be good for your health. He argues that “retail” medical clinics may be the answers to our health problems. On the other hand, retail clinics are thriving. They provide excellent access. After all, what’s more convenient […]

THIS DIDN’T TAKE VERY LONG…

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Video: Broadcast from The Ointment on Wal-Mart’s branded health clinics…

COMING: THE CLINIC AT WAL-MART…

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Wal-Mart began experimenting with leasing space to health clinic providers in late 2006 and until the 23 CheckUps clinics closed last month, had some 80 such clinics doing business under it’s big-box roof. Leasing space in over-built stores makes business sense. But it looks like it isn’t happening fast enough to suit the gnomes. From […]

WALK-IN CLINIC GOES BUST AT WAL-MART…

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

As part of what I see as it’s attempt to lease out over-built retail space, Wal-Mart has rented space to 80 walk-in health care clinics across the country. That number dropped when nurses at 23 CheckUps came to work and found the doors locked. From The New York Times: CheckUps, based in New York, fell […]

A wonky paper on in-store health clinics

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Apparently there are concerns about the quality of care and the possibilities that in-store clinics will expand into areas where they are not as qualified. I don’t have an opinion on this, but in the case of Walmart it seems that their motivation is to make their store more and more into a one-stop location […]

What is it about libertarians and Wal-Mart?

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

What is it about libertarians and Wal-Mart? “FORGET NATIONAL HEALTHCARE,” Glenn Reynolds tells us because a libertarian blogger had a nice experience at a Wal-Mart health clinic. Now suddenly it seems like every libertarian in the blogosphere is all atwitter about the national healthcare crisis having been solved. There’s this: Wal-Mart has accomplished something that […]