With COVID-19 cases rising and the flu season approaching, Walmart has announced the launch of its new testing and treatment program in pharmacies across the country.
The retail giant, which has been rapidly expanding its healthcare business recently, will roll out the new program at pharmacies in 12 states across the country.
The websites not only offer tests for common infections, but also easy treatment options.
“A flu test may lead to a prescription for Tamiflu, or a sore throat could be relieved with tea and chicken noodle soup,” said Kevin Host, senior vice president, Walmart Health & Wellness, Pharmacy, in a press release.
Customers have different options to visit a center.
You can either come by or make an appointment in advance using the Walmart app.
According to Walmart, the testing and treatment program is still in its early stages.
Currently, services are only available for cash, and Walmart has yet to establish health insurance partnerships to offset the cost.
Most services cost an estimated $133.
Still, Walmart intends the appointments to be a one-stop shop for testing and treatment without costly and time-consuming follow-up visits.
Customers can find out more here and find a pharmacy near them.
WALMART HEALTH PUSH
The testing and treatment programs are just part of Walmart’s expanded health strategy.
The company has also opened dozens of dedicated Walmart Health Center clinics.
The clinics, which are often adjacent to a Walmart location, offer a wide range of healthcare services at reasonable prices.
And unlike the pharmacy’s Testing and Treatment program, Walmart Health Centers already accept a variety of insurance plans.
Clinical interventions include dental, medical, psychiatric, and behavioral treatments.
Walmart plans to have 75 Walmart health centers by the end of 2024.
General clinic prices and services can be found here.
And customers can learn more about Walmart’s health initiative here.
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