From News Services and Staff Reports
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 24 -- Wal-Mart Stores, the world's largest retailer, plans to open as many as 400 in-store health clinics over two to three years and could raise the total to 2,000 in seven years, it said Tuesday.
Wal-Mart called the clinic program part of moves it is making to implement "customer solutions to America's health-care crisis." Other steps included a $4 generic drug prescription program and support for a coalition seeking comprehensive health-care reform by 2012.
Wal-Mart said it would contract with local hospitals and other organizations to operate the walk-in clinics, which lease space from Wal-Mart and are run as separate businesses.
It has 76 such clinics, which typically provide limited basic health services at a lower cost than emergency rooms or doctors' offices and do not require appointments.
RediClinics, part of District-based Revolution Health, runs 12 of those Wal-Mart clinics and 38 in Walgreens stores. It expects to have 100 clinics by the end of the year, said Brad Burns, a Revolution spokesman. He said the firm expects to operate 500 in-store clinics by the end of 2009.