Walmart pharmacy Health andwellness, which includes pharmacy, clinical and optical services,made up approximately 9 percent of Walmart's roughly $332 billionin U.S. sales last year. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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A new health clinic opening up in a Georgia Walmart, calledWalmart Health, is expanding the range of services offered overthose available at previous Walmart clinics in Texas, SouthCarolina and Georgia.

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The new Walmart Health clinic in Dallas, Georgia, according to aCNBC report, will provide hearing and visiontests, as well as 60-minute counseling sessions—services notcurrently available at the existing Walmart clinics—and will alsooffer Walmarthealth.com, an online way to scheduleappointments.

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More such clinics could open in the future, if the test of theDallas location brings positive results. The new clinic is locatedin a separate building next to the store to afford a greater senseof privacy to patients.

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Already one of the largest pharmacy companies in the U.S.,Walmart offers in-store sections for prescription drugs in almostall of its 4,700 locations across the U.S. Health and wellness,which includes pharmacy, clinical and optical services, made upapproximately 9 percent of its roughly $332 billion in U.S. sales,or $36 billion, in the last fiscal year.

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Clinics in or next to Walmart stores provide an opportunity forpeople—particularly in underserved rural areas—to have access tohealth care, while also affording the company access to theapproximately 140 million customers who visit its stores everyweek, as well as a pool of some 1.5 million employees across thecountry.

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An earlier lease of space in one of its Texas stores to a mentalhealth professional a couple of years ago introduced the company tothe opportunity presented by offering its own mental healthservices.

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The Texas, South Carolina and Georgia facilities, called CareClinics, offer appointments at a cost that varies from $59 to $99,although Walmart accepts many of the largest health insuranceplans. According to the report, the new clinic "will have on-sitehealth providers, including nurses, to offer consultations,immunizations and lab tests, people familiar with the matter said.Added services include hearing tests, 60-minute counseling sessionsand vision tests."

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"I would put this in the broad category of retailers looking forservices that give them opportunity for growth," Tom Lee, thefounder of One Medical and CEO of primary care start-up GalileoHealth, was quoted in the report saying. Lee added, "In-storeconcepts have had mixed success and this is an attempt to trysomething more standalone."

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.