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I saw a chart recently that had a comparison of costs from CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Urgent Care. They compared Office Visit, Flu Test, Strep Test and Lipid Panel. In almost all of these cases Walmart was 1/2 to 1/3 the cost, saving the consumer almost $100 per event over urgent care clinics.

I get asked, is Walmart a player in heathcare? My answer is always the same. Absolutely.


Walmart is gearing up to provide healthcare online to people across the country.

The medical group for Walmart's health centers has quietly filed paperwork to do business in a total of 37 states, a review of filings by Insider reveals.

A Walmart spokesperson told Insider in June that the filings are related to the retail giant's interest in providing telehealth through the company's pending acquisition of virtual care provider MeMD, which Walmart announced in early May.


I don't expect a Walmart surgery center anytime soon. But they may become a disruptor by directing where people go for surgery. Just a thought.

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