Forget e-commerce, Walmart is venturing into mental health services in Georgia
American retail giant Walmart found a new fancy. He is launching a health service called Walmart Health at a clinic in Georgia. Although the company already has clinics in retail stores in Georgia, South Carolina and Texas.
Entering the mental health market
Walmart created a new website called Walmarthealth.com. On the retailer’s website, a link to Walmart Health is available. Patients can visit this website to make an appointment at the clinic. Although it is obvious that Georgia Clinic is only the first clinic of its kind and the company will be opening many new clinics soon. Some people familiar with the company’s plans have said on condition of anonymity that the company is only testing the concept in Georgia.
A spokesperson for the company noted,
“Walmart is committed to making healthcare more affordable and accessible for customers in the communities we serve. Our Dallas, GA store’s new Walmart Health Center will offer low and transparent prices for major healthcare services to local customers. “
The newest clinic in Dallas will be open to patients in September and will specialize in comprehensive, reasonably priced primary care. Unlike other clinics the company has recently opened, the new clinic will be located in a building adjacent to the Dallas store. This will provide more privacy for users, who may not want to meet with a doctor at a Walmart store. A separate building is also becoming important for patients, as the clinic will also provide mental health services.
What to expect?
According to its website, patients can make an appointment starting September 13. It will provide laboratories, x-rays, audiology, counseling, dental care and primary care to patients. The Dallas clinic will be run by Sean Slovenski, who has left Humana.
As the world’s largest retailer grapples with Amazon, a move in the healthcare industry may seem strange. However, it should be noted that Walmart already has a strong presence in this industry. It is one of the largest pharmacies in the country and offers prescription drugs in more than 4,700 of its stores. In the last fiscal year, the company achieved $ 332 billion in revenue from sales in the United States, of which $ 36 billion was contributed by the health and wellness sector, which includes optical services, clinical services and pharmacy.
Walmart is venturing into mental health services for the first time. Last year, she rented space from a third-party behavioral health company in a store in Texas. Since then, he has realized that his presence could have a greater impact on this space.