Walmart will open 28 new health centers next year
“We know the cost and convenience of healthcare remains a barrier for many Americans, which is why we decided to bring our one-stop model of healthcare to these communities,” said Dr. David Carmouch, senior vice president of omnichannel care at Walmart, in the release. “With 90% of the U.S. population located within 10 miles of a Walmart, Walmart Health is in a unique position to provide quality, affordable health and wellness services where our neighbors already live and shop.”
Where the new Walmart Health centers will be located:
- Dallas metro area: 10 locations
- Houston metro area: 8 locations
- Phoenix metro area: 6 locations
- Kansas City, Missouri, metro area: 4 locations
Walmart in the release said it would incorporate patient feedback from its existing Walmart Health centers into the new locations. The physical footprint, for instance, will be redesigned from its existing clinics with the goal of having patients spend less time in the waiting room, the release said.
Walmart isn’t alone in getting into the health care business. Numerous retailers have increased their ambitions in the category. Dollar General recently started piloting mobile clinics at three of its stores in Tennessee, Retail Leader previously reported. Pharmacy chains like CVS and Walgreens have for years offered various types of in-store medical services, like vaccines. CVS in February bought the senior primary care provider Oak Street Health, which employs around 600 primary care providers at 169 medical centers in the U.S.
Amazon has also continued to invest in the sector. The e-commerce giant earlier this year began offering a $5 monthly prescription delivery service for generic medications to its Prime customers. It’s part of Amazon Pharmacy, which first launched in 2020. Amazon last year also purchased a chain of boutique health care clinics.