Walmart to open two health care clinics in North Texas

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Walmart to open two health care clinics in North Texas

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 2:51 PM

CARROLLTON -- Associates, as employees are called at Walmart, can't wait for the company's famous "low low prices" to hit their healthcare.

Walmart is opening health clinics in Benbrook and Carrollton. The first such clinic opened in Copperas Cove, Texas in April. 

And the prices are rock bottom.

"So four dollars for our associates if they come for an office visit,” explained Senior Director Jennifer Laperre. “And $40 for our customers."

With more than 1.3 million associates at Walmart nationwide, the retailer reportedly faces an estimated $330 million in added costs this year because more workers have signed up for insurance to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act.

Walmart officials believe they can save a lot of money with in-house clinics, which will be staffed by nurse practitioners.

"We are full primary care,” said Laperre. “We treat chronic, acute; we provide wellness and preventive services at the clinic."

Walmart already offers $4 generic prescription drugs. The clinics are expected to set industry-leading prices on additional services, such as vaccines and lab tests, according to a press release. 

The two DFW stores opening soon are part of a larger pilot program that includes a dozen more Walmart clinic openings later this year. 

E-mail: jstjames@wfaa.com

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