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Introducing the WalMart Clinic

February 19, 2008 1 comment

http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2008/02/…cs-still-cool/

“The clinics are typically staffed by nurse practitioners or physicians assistants”

“Wal-Mart said it would be opening its own brand of retail clinics — and that they’d be affiliated with local hospitals and health systems.”

“Wal-Mart says it plans to open 400 clinics by 2010 under the truth-in-advertising brand name “The Clinic at Wal-Mart.”

Who is going to take responsibility when a patient complains of abdominal pain and is sent home being told it is a stomach virus when later that night their appendix ruptures leading to massive sepsis and death?  Who is going to take responsibility when a 16 year old presents with testicular pain and is prescribed an antibiotic for an infection when in fact he is having a torsion and loses a nut?  I can go on and on.  There is a reason a person is not allowed to practice medicine without going through four years of medical school and three years of residency.  Since WalMart has deep pockets it will be interesting to see how long these clinics last until they are bankrupted with lawsuits in our highly litiginous medical environment.

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