While Walmart has more than 100 clinics in its more than 5,000 stores nationwide, the company plans to expand its network of clinics over the next few years to offer a cost-effective way for patients to receive acute and chronic medical care.
The Little Clinic has become a vital healthcare source for millions of patients across the United States. To ensure that it stays that way, the company has expanded the breadth of the services it offers in some clinics and added new executives to its management team.
With more than 350 corporate-owned clinics in 20 states operating under the Healthcare Clinic banner and about 50 other clinics in its stores run by other providers, Walgreens has been at the forefront of the movement to make retail clinics a cornerstone of the American healthcare system.
While much has been made about retail clinics’ ability to trim healthcare costs, a study published in the journal Health Affairs this spring suggested that these walk-in health centers may actually boost overall spending.