Walmart Health Centers - Impact on the Healthcare Landscape
Walmart debuted its first healthcare services supercenter on September 13, 2019, in Dallas, Georgia. The new facility, which is connected to the main Walmart store, features a 10,000 square feet stand-alone building. The next section elaborates on the impact of Walmart's health centers based on the services offered, the value-added offering, costs, and health insurance options.
Walmart Health Centers
Types of Services Offered
- Previously, Walmart has been running 19 clinics in Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas that deliver basic medical needs and limited services. Moreover, these clinics are often fixed within Walmart's 1,500 square feet stores.
- However, the new approach Walmart has taken for its healthcare product includes a new health center facility in Dallas, Georgia, that offers a broad range of services, including "primary care, labs, X-ray and EKG, counseling, dental, optical, hearing, and community health education."
- The company is also partnering with expert providers to deliver these services. It also plans to open a second supercenter in Calhoun, Georgia, in early 2020.
Types of Value Added Offerings
- Unlike other care providers, the Walmart Health Center provides patients with an estimate of the cost of their services, before they pay for them.
- The health system is designed to provide a transparent pricing structure and convenience of extended services under one roof.
- It also provides education services to the Dallas residents online and via in-center workshops. It also offers specialized community health resources to educate the residents about preventive health and wellness.
Any costs associated
- While the costs of medical services vary depending on several factors, including medication, the Walmart Health Center offers fixed pricing for some services.
- For instance, children at the Dallas, Georgia health center will pay $20 for an annual check-up, with lab tests starting from $10, and teeth cleaning services for adults starting from $25.
- Walmart's aim to offer low-income communities access to affordable care welcomes all patients, including those with or without insurance.
- Patients using the new Walmart health Centers can use insurance and out-of-pocket copayments. Patients can also cost-share costs; however, that option depends on the coverage they have.
By examining health care reports published by leading health news vendors like Healthline, we managed to retrieve a comprehensive report showing the impact that Walmart Health Centers are making on the healthcare landscape in the United States. Equally, we found the most recent report published by Walmart about its new health care centers, and the likely impact they are having in the medical space. Importantly, these two reports contain substantial data describing the company's effort in the health care domain, and with a unique and very competitive offering.