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Old 07-17-2014, 10:19 PM  
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WalMart testing Doctor/health offering.

Walmart is getting into the healthcare game.

A clinic will open in Sumter and Florence at the end of July that could drive down healthcare costs across the community.

If they’re successful, the concept could spread.

“You hear articles and news stories all the time about how the cost of healthcare has skyrocketed, and it has. It’s really a problem, and finding smart ways to get the cost down is important,” said Dr. Jason Leonard with Colonial Family Practice.

Across town, you’d expect family physician Dr. Jason Leonard to fear the big-box competition, but that isn’t the case.

“I really don’t think so,” Leonard said. “I think that it’s a great thing that they’re opening. I think that it really can take some pressure off the emergency room. There’s so many non-emergent emergency room visits each year.”

A Walmart spokeswoman told WIS a store in Florence, South Carolina and a handful in Texas will begin the pilot project called Walmart Care Clinic.

Employees will pay just $4, customers just $40 for access to medical care from screening and vaccinations to treatment of sicknesses and even chronic conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.

“We have a nickname for these things,” said Lynn Bailey with Lynn Bailey Associates. “We call them docs in a box. They’re actually quite good at managing diabetics and hypertension and high cholesterol.”

Bailey, a medical expert, thinks the Walmart clinics will spread as medical costs in the US continue to grow.

Total spending for healthcare reached $2.7 trillion in 2011, according to national health expenditures.

Walmart is promising a “new price position for retail health services.”

“I call it convenience care,” Bailey said. “It’s care that fits most people’s schedule. They don’t have to make an appointment.”

Back across town, Dr. Leonard is hoping the extra option will cut down on emergency room wait times too.

“When you go to the emergency room for a non-emergent visit, it increases the wait-time,” Leonard said. “It increases resources and it also delays people who truly have an emergency from seeking care.”

Walmart says the Care Clinics will accept insurance including Medicare. You can pay with cash, credit or checks.

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, these clinics will also accept Medicaid.

Nurse practitioners will be able to write prescriptions.

The Sumter clinic is set to open on July 31
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Old 07-18-2014, 09:49 AM   #16
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The people who use the ED as their personal doctor's office are not going to go to Wal-Mart if it costs $40 to get treated there.
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:00 AM   #17
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The people who use the ED as their personal doctor's office are not going to go to Wal-Mart if it costs $40 to get treated there.

ObamaCare will provide it for them free remember?
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:57 PM   #18
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This is the trend. Good for Walmart.

I changed my doctors because of the cost and their tendency to over-bill.

My new primary care physician is at KU MedWest and a "hospitalist." He doesn't have to worry about rent, A/C problems, etc., and he has everything he needs within the same building. He also makes sure I get the Walmart $4 prescription (BP med). Not a bad deal.
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:02 PM   #19
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This is the trend. Good for Walmart.

I changed my doctors because of the cost and their tendency to over-bill.

My new primary care physician is at KU MedWest and a "hospitalist." He doesn't have to worry about rent, A/C problems, etc., and he has everything he needs within the same building. He also makes sure I get the Walmart $4 prescription (BP med). Not a bad deal.
Typically, a hospitalist only practices in a hospital (as opposed to seeing people in an office, which might also be in a hospital). Are you sure you aren't just talking about a doctor who is employed by a hospital? That seems to be a growing trend these days. Not that what you call him makes any big difference.
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:21 PM   #21
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Typically, a hospitalist only practices in a hospital (as opposed to seeing people in an office, which might also be in a hospital). Are you sure you aren't just talking about a doctor who is employed by a hospital? That seems to be a growing trend these days. Not that what you call him makes any big difference.
KU MedWest is a hospital in Shawnee, KS. It's a satellite of KU Med Center and has ER, surgery and everything else a hospital offers. They have three "pods" for general medical care. My doc is a hospitalist. It's a great place for medical care.
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KU MedWest is a hospital in Shawnee, KS. It's a satellite of KU Med Center and has ER, surgery and everything else a hospital offers. They have three "pods" for general medical care. My doc is a hospitalist. It's a great place for medical care.
Yeah, I know it's a hospital. I'm just saying that that's not typically how a hospitalist practices, unless you get your medical care via admission to the hospital. But that's fine, he's a hospitalist.
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Good for Walmart.

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Yeah, I know it's a hospital. I'm just saying that that's not typically how a hospitalist practices, unless you get your medical care via admission to the hospital. But that's fine, he's a hospitalist.
agree.

hospitalist are very much like ER docs that essentially are on salary or paid based on the amount of shifts (time) they do. It has nothing to do with re-imbursement (i.e. how much they bill).

When a physician sees a patient in clinic, than they are re-imbursed based on how many patients they see and the procedures they do.

corporations (hospitals) are buying out private practices, but the phyisican re-imbursement structure is much the same. If it wasnt (i.e pure salary), than we would have no incentive to see more patients, taken on complicated cases, or generally work harder.
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