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(MSN)   Has the healthcare system got to the point that Wal-Mart wants to be your doctor?   (money.msn.com) divider line 44
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2014-08-09 08:24:58 AM
And there's a walk-in clinic in my local Great Canadian Superstore. So?
 
2014-08-09 08:43:29 AM
Things you should never ever buy at Walmart:

-Pets/Fish
-Deli/Bakery-type food
-Bicycles
-Golf clubs
-Healthcare
 
2014-08-09 10:01:36 AM
Wal*Mart wants you to be their Barry White.
 
2014-08-09 10:17:30 AM
thecarrolltonmenu.com
I've probably gotten healthcare from CVS more often than my own doctor in the past 5 years.

// Excluding my eye doctor.
 
2014-08-09 10:27:56 AM
So customers can go buy their case of Busch Light, box of Twinkies, bag of pork rinds, and jar of cheese dip, and then walk over and get their prescriptions of insulin for the Diabeetus Type II and blood pressure medication.  Brilliant!
 
2014-08-09 10:30:16 AM

BMFPitt: [thecarrolltonmenu.com image 850x566]
I've probably gotten healthcare from CVS more often than my own doctor in the past 5 years.

// Excluding my eye doctor.


The last time me and my better side went to a Minute Clinic for the flu, the nurse practitioner on staff was somebody with a very hard to understand accent, and she was 8.5 months pregnant.  Thanks, but no thanks.
 
2014-08-09 10:39:41 AM

valkore: The last time me and my better side went to a Minute Clinic for the flu, the nurse practitioner on staff was somebody with a very hard to understand accent, and she was 8.5 months pregnant.  Thanks, but no thanks.


That's funny, because mine have always been All-American®, I guess only one anecdote can be true though
 
2014-08-09 10:43:02 AM

dookdookdook: Things you should never ever buy at Walmart:

-Pets/Fish
-Deli/Bakery-type food
-Bicycles
-Golf clubs
-Healthcare


Bicycles can depend on who builds them. A lot of stores subcontract it our to places like National Assembly who just slap 'em together and don't adjust anything.
 
2014-08-09 10:52:37 AM

dookdookdook: Things you should never ever buy at Walmart:

-Pets/Fish
-Deli/Bakery-type food
-Bicycles
-Golf clubs
-Healthcare


Meat.
 
2014-08-09 10:57:39 AM
Considering how Wal-Mart treats its workers, I wouldn't trust a Wal-Mart doc.
 
2014-08-09 11:00:30 AM
And they might have to ship you to communist (acc. to cia.gov) china for any major surgery.
 
2014-08-09 11:01:32 AM

jm105: dookdookdook: Things you should never ever buy at Walmart:

-Pets/Fish
-Deli/Bakery-type food
-Bicycles
-Golf clubs
-Healthcare

Bicycles can depend on who builds them. A lot of stores subcontract it our to places like National Assembly who just slap 'em together and don't adjust anything.



do they ship red china workers in to do the assembly??
 
2014-08-09 11:05:16 AM

dookdookdook: Things you should never ever buy at Walmart:
-Anything
-Everything


 FTFY
 
2014-08-09 11:08:50 AM

Cheeseface: valkore: The last time me and my better side went to a Minute Clinic for the flu, the nurse practitioner on staff was somebody with a very hard to understand accent, and she was 8.5 months pregnant.  Thanks, but no thanks.

That's funny, because mine have always been All-American®, I guess only one anecdote can be true though


The Internet is like the Bible.  You can contradict yourself all you want and everyone will believe both of you because it's in here.
 
2014-08-09 11:15:21 AM
now stick out your tongue, aww crap, someone broke a jar of mayonnaise, i got to go clean it up, i'll be right back
 
2014-08-09 11:15:59 AM
Another magnificent idea from the "private sector" (so named because the people who run it are about as smart as your privates).
I heartily endorse this.
i18.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-09 11:20:27 AM
Hubby got his eye glasses and contacts from there...once. Seemed okay, and there weren't any problems.
 
2014-08-09 11:29:30 AM
www.11points.com
 
2014-08-09 11:34:11 AM

BMFPitt: [thecarrolltonmenu.com image 850x566]
I've probably gotten healthcare from CVS more often than my own doctor in the past 5 years.

// Excluding my eye doctor.


I tried going to a CVS Minute Clinic once and ended up waiting for two hours until it was my turn then the nurse practitioner or doctor or whatever she was announced "I must go on my mandated 1 hour lunch now". At which point I just said screw it and left. NEVER going again.
 
2014-08-09 11:36:16 AM

mcreadyblue: dookdookdook: Things you should never ever buy at Walmart:

-Pets/Fish
-Deli/Bakery-type food
-Bicycles
-Golf clubs
-Healthcare

Meat.


Never, ever, ever buy meat from Wal*Mart. My paralegal's brother is a butcher and worked for Wal*Mart for a few years and he swears that he doesn't think their meat is fit to be eaten by humans. Or dogs.
 
2014-08-09 11:56:36 AM
The biggest issue I have with this is the opinion in this article that Walmart might start pushing their employees to see their doctors if the concept expands enough. Considering the disdain that the company has already shown for following labor laws, one can only imagine the attitude that they might take towards following HIPAA regulations. I can definitely see them pushing their doctors to illegally release personal medical information to employee's supervisors knowing that they won't get anything other a slap on the wrist for it after years of litigation.
 
2014-08-09 12:07:47 PM
Went to a Minute Clinic for a sinus infection, was told I didn't have an infection so no antibiotics, argued with the nurse-doctor-whatever, left with "prescription" for crap I could have bought over the counter on my own, and then went to a real doctor for a flu diagnosis and proper medication.

Had to pay double copays and lost two hours of my time.

Never again.
 
2014-08-09 12:09:11 PM
If the medical community allowed more nurse practitioners to treat the commin colds, there would be less demand on primary care physicians. Not every ailment needs a full doctor.
 
2014-08-09 12:10:28 PM

jso2897: Another magnificent idea from the "private sector" (so named because the people who run it are about as smart as your privates).
I heartily endorse this.


Yes. Forcing everyone to expensive limited supplies is much more efficient than expanding access.
 
2014-08-09 12:14:50 PM
You know the Bell Curve?  That part on the far left where the line is just above zero.  Think of that line as the skill/knowledge/competence level of some physicians.  That part of the Bell Curve where the really bad doctors live.  They have their M.D. but you'd not willingly patronize their practice.  Those are the physicians that will be employed by Walmart.  Walmart will furnish office space, malpractice insurance, equipment, and necessary support personnel.  The physician will punch a clock.  They will probably be fine for routine, uncomplicated issues.  Stay away for everything else.  Or if they want to examine your junk when you present with a sore throat.  Actually, there are a few situations where that would be appropriate.

The U.S.A. is (has become?) becoming a third world country.  We'd rather spend money on Big Defense than on our own infrastructure, education, or health care.
 
2014-08-09 12:16:31 PM

Nabb1: mcreadyblue: dookdookdook: Things you should never ever buy at Walmart:

-Pets/Fish
-Deli/Bakery-type food
-Bicycles
-Golf clubs
-Healthcare

Meat.

Never, ever, ever buy meat from Wal*Mart. My paralegal's brother is a butcher and worked for Wal*Mart for a few years and he swears that he doesn't think their meat is fit to be eaten by humans. Or dogs.


So you're saying your paralegal's brother who works in a profession that Wal*Mart has successfully done away with doesn't think people should shop there, and instead shop at other places where there are butchers?
 
2014-08-09 12:23:05 PM
Better get used to corporate healthcare.
 
2014-08-09 01:24:47 PM

ricbach229: Nabb1: mcreadyblue: dookdookdook: Things you should never ever buy at Walmart:

-Pets/Fish
-Deli/Bakery-type food
-Bicycles
-Golf clubs
-Healthcare

Meat.

Never, ever, ever buy meat from Wal*Mart. My paralegal's brother is a butcher and worked for Wal*Mart for a few years and he swears that he doesn't think their meat is fit to be eaten by humans. Or dogs.

So you're saying your paralegal's brother who works in a profession that Wal*Mart has successfully done away with doesn't think people should shop there, and instead shop at other places where there are butchers?


Think about it: how much would Walmart possibly pay a supplier for meat? On top of that, how many suppliers must they need, especially now that they're trying to make every Walmart have meat? At some point, in some market, you're gonna run out of top-level suppliers.

On the other hand, established markets have their established supply chains. You know what you're getting every time, based on the market and the store.

Bottom line: You pay for what you get, and you know how much you pay at Walmart for anything.

\only meat worse than theirs for a chain? Market Basket.
 
2014-08-09 01:52:13 PM

MyRandomName: If the medical community allowed more nurse practitioners to treat the commin colds, there would be less demand on primary care physicians. Not every ailment needs a full doctor.


DING DING DING!!!! The vast majority of the times I take my kids to the doctor, I already know what it is and just need them to prescribe meds.  Any fool with 30 days of parenting experience can diagnose 90% of child illnesses.  And the other thing is a nurse practitioner has more experience and medical education than a physician's assistant whereas the PA seems to have a greater scope of practice.
 
2014-08-09 02:17:08 PM
If Walgreens and CVS can be doctors, why not Walmart?
 
2014-08-09 02:49:35 PM
They have a new advertising slogan:

Come in from the cold!

Come in from the parking lot, America!

Get a real "certified" doctor IN the WalMarts store!

They are hoping to capture the market that is missed by Obamacare or too stupid or ignent to apply for it: people who get their medical care in the WalMart parking lot from Central American "doctors". Also, they hope to clean up their parking lot.

All those guys operating out of the trunk of their cars or the back of white vans leave a lot of medical waste at the end of the day. The night shift doesn't have time to pick it up what with all the shootings and stabbings and drug overdoses, drunks and so forth.

Next phase: Guatemalan dentists fix your teeth while you shop!
 
2014-08-09 03:41:11 PM
Wal mart wants to sell you everything. Period. They want as many people as possible to buy as many of their needs as possible at Walmart. They are the Google of retail. Eventually Walmarts will resemble malls in size and variety. They'll have car dealerships, hospitals, freaking temp agencies, whatever.
 
2014-08-09 04:54:13 PM
It is a good idea. Wish they'd persisted in their banking pusuit as well. Don't get me wrong, I am neither fan nor person of walmart, but competition in these areas is sorely needed and virtually locked down by the hegemonies in control
 
2014-08-09 06:30:36 PM

tzzhc4: BMFPitt: [thecarrolltonmenu.com image 850x566]
I've probably gotten healthcare from CVS more often than my own doctor in the past 5 years.

// Excluding my eye doctor.

I tried going to a CVS Minute Clinic once and ended up waiting for two hours until it was my turn then the nurse practitioner or doctor or whatever she was announced "I must go on my mandated 1 hour lunch now". At which point I just said screw it and left. NEVER going again.


Isn't it minute, like minnit? My paralegal's brother said you should have left after a minute.
 
2014-08-09 06:58:58 PM

BMFPitt: [thecarrolltonmenu.com image 850x566]
I've probably gotten healthcare from CVS more often than my own doctor in the past 5 years.

// Excluding my eye doctor.


Walgreen's has that also. It's much quicker than the clinic I use to go to.
 
2014-08-09 08:56:16 PM
Yet one more example of how Idiocracy is becoming a documentary.
 
2014-08-09 09:59:56 PM

Nabb1: mcreadyblue: dookdookdook: Things you should never ever buy at Walmart:

-Pets/Fish
-Deli/Bakery-type food
-Bicycles
-Golf clubs
-Healthcare

Meat.

Never, ever, ever buy meat from Wal*Mart. My paralegal's brother is a butcher and worked for Wal*Mart for a few years and he swears that he doesn't think their meat is fit to be eaten by humans. Or dogs.


Sounds legit
 
2014-08-09 10:01:19 PM

jso2897: Another magnificent idea from the "private sector" (so named because the people who run it are about as smart as your privates).
I heartily endorse this.
[i18.photobucket.com image 300x187]


Uh no, This was the libs idea. Many, many people predicted this as the outcome of Obamacare
 
2014-08-09 10:12:27 PM

Cold soup: Went to a Minute Clinic for a sinus infection, was told I didn't have an infection so no antibiotics, argued with the nurse-doctor-whatever, left with "prescription" for crap I could have bought over the counter on my own, and then went to a real doctor for a flu diagnosis and proper medication.

Had to pay double copays and lost two hours of my time.

Never again.


You went to a Minute Clinic and they refused to give you antibiotics because you had the flu and not a bacterial infection.  So you went to a real doctor who ALSO diagnosed you with the flu, but gave you antibiotics anyway even though antibiotics are useless against a virus.  And somehow the nurse-doctor-whatever is in the wrong?  It sounds like your real doctor needs to man the fark up and start explaining to patients that the answer to every illness is not antibiotics.
 
2014-08-10 12:42:05 AM

pissnmoan: Those are the physicians that will be employed by Walmart.


We can tell who didn't read TFA.

No physicians will be employed by Walmart.
 
2014-08-10 02:48:08 AM

valkore: BMFPitt: [thecarrolltonmenu.com image 850x566]
I've probably gotten healthcare from CVS more often than my own doctor in the past 5 years.

// Excluding my eye doctor.

The last time me and my better side went to a Minute Clinic for the flu, the nurse practitioner on staff was somebody with a very hard to understand accent, and she was 8.5 months pregnant.  Thanks, but no thanks.


If you go back now I bet she won't be pregnant.
 
2014-08-10 02:51:10 AM
Yeah, but if it's Friday afternoon and you just need a quick scrip for Ambien, Cialis, Xanax or Ritalin to get through the weekend...
 
2014-08-10 12:59:07 PM

dookdookdook: Things you should never ever buy at Walmart:

-Pets/Fish
-Deli/Bakery-type food
-Bicycles
-Golf clubs
-Healthcare


Guns, real or toy, if you're a black guy.
 
2014-08-10 04:15:58 PM
If you get your healthcare at Walmart and you think they'll ever target your tumor, you've got another thing coming.
 
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