Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was the first to offer $4 generic drugs. Now, the nation’s largest retailer is making patient-care services like checkups and lab tests available to its employees and their families for the same low price as generics.

Wal-Mart will open a dozen Care Clinics in stores this year for customers and store associates, including two that open this week in Georgia and a third new clinic in Carrollton, South Carolina. Wal-Mart Care Clinics are a pilot program that began in April in Texas. Each primary-care clinic is corporately owned, and staffed by licensed nurse practitioners who work under the supervision of a licensed physician.

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