July 18, 2014

Walmart opening new medical clinics in two SC stores

Sumter and Florence will be part of pilot project for retail giant

Walmart chose stores in Sumter and Florence for a pilot medical clinic project that offers $4 doctor visits to employees and their family members which are covered by company insurance and $40 visits for the general public.

Walmart Care Clinic is the company’s first venture into medical clinics in its stores in South Carolina. However, the company has leased space to more than 100 non-company owned clinics in other states, and many Walmart stores in South Carolina already have pharmacies.

The Care Clinic concept, sort of a cross between CVS MinuteClinics and Doctors Care, is a new one for the company because the in-store clinics will be owned by Walmart, with staffing help from QuadMed. Nurse practitioners will provide wellness and preventive care such as screenings, vaccinations and lab tests; acute care, including diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses such as flu and strep throat; management of chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure; and referrals to specialists, as needed.

The Care Clinics will be open to the public, but the reduced price for Walmart employees and family members who are covered by one of the company’s health plans should make them especially popular with that large group. Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart’s health plan covers more than 1.1 million employees and family members.

Several Care Clinics already have opened in Texas, the company said. The two South Carolina pilot locations – 1283 Broad St., Sumter, and 230 N. Beltline Dr., Florence – are scheduled to open July 31. The pilot program eventually will have about a dozen sites nationwide, the company said.

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