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Walmart is looking to expand its role in health care delivery, Bloomberg reports.
Details: Walmart stores already frequently house pharmacies and vision centers, but its new health centers — there are two so far — would offer more comprehensive medical, vision and dental care, along with X-rays and lab tests.
- Unlike traditional clinics, which are usually staffed by nurse practitioners, the health centers are run by doctors, and patients are seen in exam rooms.
- Patients are told what their care will cost before they get it, and those prices are often half of what Walmart has estimated they cost elsewhere.
The big picture: If it's successful, the move sets Walmart up to compete against companies like Walgreens and CVS, which have moved into clinics, and could give patients in rural communities more access to care.