Mass Retailers gone….MEDICAL?
While you would expect to drive down the street and see a hospital or urgent care facility in your own neighborhood; would you expect to see a medi-clinic in your local Wal-Mart? Mass retailers like Wal-Mart and CVS drug stores have been in the medi-clinic business? Move over Mc Donald’s!
Why not? In this economy, a Wal-Mart medi-clinic cost is a fraction of the cost of an urgent care facility, ever better yet, an ER visit! The big boys are trying to build a model of “if you build it, and they have cash, they will come!”
You have to think:
Does it promote big businesses’ go into the health care business?
Do they belong there?
Will this help facilitate the push for reformed, controlled health care for the US, or will it be promoting something that just should not be happening; Wal-Mart taking care of sick people? My opinion, if the Doctors are like the sales associates; I may be reluctant.
Where does this thing go from here?
Where does this put our “choices” of future health care?
What is next, Mc Donald’s offering a dental check when you pick up your fries?
I would love to hear your insights.
Good, bad or indifferent, the vision has been a little depressed lately by the numbers of actual clinics that have been closed or scheduled to not OPEN at all. Both retailers have had a “slow road to a sustainable platform” with this one.
Food for thought: even the big guys make mistakes in opening up “other” revenue streams. Even more evidence that doing due diligence when looking to capitalize on a certain business model needs through planning, proper expansion, vision and a plentiful, willing to pay customer base.
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