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What Will Wal-Mart Health Care Look Like?

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Posted on February 24 2010 7:28 pm
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by John Goodman

The following were notes taken at a recent speech given by columnist Ron Galloway, who often writes on Wal-Mart’s effect on the future of health care:

  • 130 million people per week go to Wal-Mart.
  • Wal-Mart is an IT company — and seeks to apply this knowledge to other businesses.
  • Wal-Mart has saved $1.6 billion for pharmacy customers with their $4 generic script program.
  • Wal-Mart plans to have 400 clinics by 2011, and 2,000 clinics by 2014!
  • Wal-Mart needs 11,000 clinic visits per year (in each store) to break even. Each store averages 1.7 million visits per year, so only 7/10 of 1% of visitors can stop by the clinic to make it break even. The fixed co-pay to see the Nurse Practitioner is $65.

Read the rest at John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog.

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