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Thoughts on Wal-Mart's Clinic Plan

A few weeks ago we linked to a story outlining Wal-Mart's clinic plans. Now RNCentral has put up an interesting analysis of that plan looking at 20 Surprising Ways Wal-Mart Clinics Will Affect US Healthcare.

Big-box behemoth Wal-Mart has ventured into the healthcare realm, offering low-cost, walk-in clinics in more and more of its stores every day. Although Wal-Mart medicine may not sound like a great idea at first, these clinics can bring good changes to the health care industry, like insurance-free care, eased emergency rooms, and more widespread treatments. Of course, the plan is not without its drawbacks, creating a "Wal-Mart effect" on small practitioners, as well as a race to the bottom. Here, we'll take a good look at some of the implications you might not have thought about.

1. More immunizations: With immunizations available at Wal-Mart, they're much more convenient for those that may not have time to go to the doctor. As a result, more people will be immunized, and the risk of contagious disease will be lowered.

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