well, it is official. wal-mart is taking over the universe.
the cnn morning news just reported that wal-mart is going to open health clinics in (???) 100 locations in cooperation with local hospitals.
they report that this will benefit their shoppers, many that self reported no health insurance and that they use the er because of no money.
i understand the $4 prescription program that they started in recently in many markets - but, a clinic.
i want to be hopeful and optimistic that this will have a positive impact on ed overuse in these "markets" - but, it seems a bit reaching to me.
wanting to provide the "uninsured" with an option for healthcare at falling prices is a great idea - in theory.
color me jaded
but, where will they get the $$$ to pay for the clinic visit after they have shopped for their snack cakes, soda pop and cigarettes? i know, i know ... that was a cheap shot. sure, there will be some that will pay - but, really?
well, at least they will be able to have healthcare onsite for their uninsured workers (there are lots of them, part timers with 32 hours - no bennies -
) which if i remember correctly make up a large # of the "working uninsured" in many areas.
imagine telling folks that:
"i am a wal-mart nurse."
well, it might pay better than being a greeter!