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What physicians fear most about retail clinics?

By Anita Joseph, Advisory Board

Last month (September 24, 2014), Walmart announced that it’ll launch self-branded primary care clinics in Texas, South Carolina, and Georgia. Visits will be priced at $40 for the general public, and just $4 for Wal-Mart employees.At this year’s national meeting, we asked hundreds of physician leaders what they think about the presence of such retail clinics in their neighborhoods—whether they see them as a potential partner or as a competitive threat.With a few notable exceptions, the leaders we’ve spoken to feel very threatened by corporate retail operators, for three reasons.



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