Walmart health clinics will drive 'consumer revolution,' former Apple CEO says

Jackie Drees - Print  | 

With the promise of low prices and convenient point-of-care delivery, Walmart's standalone health centers are set to create a "consumer revolution" in healthcare, according to former Apple CEO John Sculley.

In the past six months, Walmart has expanded its footprint in the primary care market, opening two standalone health clinics in Dallas, Ga., and Calhoun, Ga. The clinics offer various services, including primary care, urgent care, labs, X-rays and dental.

"We're going to have a consumer revolution in retail for point of care," Mr. Sculley on Feb. 26 told CNBC Make It. "Why? Because if the Walmart tests are successful, and I suspect they will be, people will be able to go in and get these kinds of health services at a lower cost than if they had health insurance."

Walmart Health's website says the clinics offer "quality medical care at low prices you'll love – no insurance required." Patients can have a medical checkup done for $30, a teeth cleaning for $25 and mental health consultations for $1 a minute, without insurance, according to the report.

Other retail giants are following Walmart's lead, Mr. Sculley said. CVS, Walgreens and BestBuy have all launched care delivery strategies, and CVS has more than 1,300 'Minute Clinics' for urgent care within its stores across the country.

Mr. Sculley served as Apple's CEO from 1983-1993 and currently is chairman of RxAdvance, a pharmacy benefit management company.

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