Forbes, August 11, 2014
Goodbye, doctor's office. Hello, Walmart? Based on Walmart's latest moves, it's not as unlikely as it sounds. After years of "Will they or won't they?" discussion, Walmart is making its long-awaited move into delivering primary care: The retailer has quietly opened a half-dozen primary care clinics across South Carolina and Texas, and plans to launch six more before January. The clinics will be staffed by nurse practitioners, in a partnership with QuadMed. Walmart watchers know that the company already has more than 100 "retail clinics" across its stores, a strategy it's pursued for years. So why fuss over a handful of new clinics?