Pharmacy Times, Volume 0, 0

<p>The success of in-store health clinics has caused Wal-Mart Inc to plan to open as many as 400 clinics over the next 2 to 3 years. Lee Scott, president and chief executive officer for the company, indicated that, if the current market force continues, there could be up to 2000 clinics in Wal-Mart stores over the next 5 to 7 years.</p>

<p>The health clinics, which will lease space in Wal-Mart stores, will be managed by local or regional hospitals and/ or other organizations that are independent of Wal-Mart. The expansion is a major extension of a pilot program that began in 2005. At that time, Wal-Mart began leasing space to medical clinics inside the stores. Currently, 76 clinics are operating inside Wal-Marts in 12 states.</p>

<p>“We know that customers like and want these clinics,” said Scott during his closing keynote address at the World Health Care Congress this past April. “At existing clinics in our stores, about 90% of patients report being satisfied or very satisfied. They appreciate the fast, easy, and convenient experience.” </p>

<p>Scott noted that surveys revealed that more than half of those who visited a clinic were uninsured. Nearly 15% of patients reported that they would have gone to an emergency room—therefore, increasing the burden on already strained community health care institutions.</p>