Can Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. compete with other health care clinics?
Benzinga - 09/23/2014
Timothy Hoff, Ph.D., associate professor of management, health care systems and health policy at Northeastern University in Boston, told Benzinga that retail clinics like Wal-Mart’s offer a lower-cost overhead model able to deliver basic care and chronic disease management in otherwise underserved parts of the United States.
“Not all areas of the country … have a traditional, physician-centric primary care practice within reach,” Dr. Hoff said. “Rural areas in particular suffer from a lack of physicians. But every part of the country has a Wal-Mart or Target or Walgreens or CVS — which means these organizations have a competitive advantage by already being in the location that needs basic primary care service delivery.”