While it’s yet to be determined the impact Walmart’s freestanding health center model will have on provider organizations, executives and clinicians anticipate other retail and tech giants will soon follow and open their own clinics, according to a recent Reaction Data report.
For its Walmart’s Medical Clinics report, Reaction Data interviewed 132 individuals from healthcare provider organizations across the U.S. about their opinions on Walmart’s strategy. The report participants included executives such as CEOs, CNOs and COOs as well as clinicians.
Of those surveyed, 30 percent are convinced that Walmart’s freestanding health center model will pose a negative impact on traditional providers, while 27 percent said it will have no impact. Twenty-five percent of participants indicated Walmart’s medical clinics will have a positive impact on other providers, and 18 percent said they were unsure what implications will arise.
When asked what other companies might follow Walmart’s lead, participants listed the following:
Other: 21 percent
Target: 20 percent
Amazon: 19 percent
Walgreens: 15 percent
CVS: 14 percent
Apple: 8 percent
Costco: 3 percent
Rite Aid: 2 percent
Hy-Vee: 2 percent
Google: 2 percent
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Source: Becker’s Hospital Review