Walmart Monroe set to begin construction on low-cost clinic

Following the opening last month of a low-cost clinic in the Loganville Walmart, officials confirm that Walmart in Monroe is now set to begin construction of its own clinic inside the store. Walmart shoppers this weekend would have noticed that part of the parking lot outside the garden center has already been sectioned off with blue tarp. Monroe City Administrator Logan Propes said he assumed that is in preparation for the construction.

“They have been given the approvals to begin their clinic in Monroe,” Propes said.

The clinic in the Loganville Walmart had its grand opening on June 17. The clinics offer affordable and accessible healthcare for members of the community. Walmart Health is partnering with several health providers to deliver primary and urgent care, labs, x-ray and diagnostics, counseling, dental, optical and hearing services in one facility at what officials say is “affordable, transparent pricing irrespective of a patient’s insurance status.”

Bloomberg reported earlier this year when it was announced that Walmart in Georgia was entering this market, that it now pits Walmart against other companies that have branched into healthcare, such as CVS Health and Amazon. The first Walmart Health clinic opened in Dallas, Ga. in September last year followed by a second clinic in Calhoun, Ga. in January this year. The clinics offer patients $30 medical checkups, $25 teeth cleanings and access to a mental health counselor for $1 a minute. Sean Slovenski, Walmart’s president of health and wellness, reportedly told Bloomberg that patient volume has been even higher than expected.

Prices for services are listed on digital billboards in a waiting room inside the Walmart Health Centers. Appointments can be made online, but walk-ins also are welcome. Patients without healthcare can get treatment and the clinics are reportedly open on a Sunday.

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