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Walmart Debuts Freestanding Health-Center Format

Sept. 18, 2019

Walmart has moved deeper into health care with the opening of its first-ever standalone facility devoted to health and wellness, according to reporting by Dan Berthiaume in Chain Store Age.

Located in Dallas, Ga., directly adjacent to a remodeled Walmart supercenter, the new “Walmart Health” held its grand opening on Friday, Sept. 13.

The 10,000-sq.-ft. facility offers an array of services — primary care, laboratory tests, X-rays and diagnostics, counseling, dental, optical, hearing, health insurance information and enrollment, and community health education with online education and in-center workshops — all under one roof. A second location, in Calhoun, Ga., is scheduled to open early next year.

Walmart Health is designed to provide “low, transparent pricing” for key health services, regardless of insurance status. Customers will be notified as to the estimated cost of their visit when they book their appointment.

The cost of services is detailed in a price sheet on Walmart’s web site. (The retailer noted that charges shown for a few specific services, such as dental crowns, are averages, with actual costs to be determined on a case-by-case basis.)

A primary care office visit costs $40; annual checkups cost $30 for adults and $20 for youth; and flu, strep and mono tests cost $20 each. New patient therapy intake is priced at $60, while individual (45-minute) counseling services for existing patients is $45.

Optometry services include $45 routine vision exams and $55 contact lens fittings.

 

 

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