Walmart pharmacy Onsite WalmartCare Hosts and Community Health Workers at each site will helpcustomers navigate their visit, understand resources and be afamiliar presence for regular visits. (Photo:Shutterstock)

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Walmart has unveiled plans to expand a new type of medicalclinic offering consumers one-stop shopping for theirhealth care needs.

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The company opened two Walmart Healthclinics in recent weeks, in Loganville, Georgia andSpringdale, Arkansas. With the newest locations, the company nowhas four such facilities, each located adjacent to one ofits stores. More Walmart Health clinics will be introducedin the future, the company said.

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Walmart Health goes beyond the scope of walk-in clinics,providing a range of services that include primary andurgent care, labs, x-rays and diagnostics, behavioral health,optical and hearing services and dental care. Exercise classes andnutrition counseling will also beoffered.  Insurance will be acceptedbut Walmart Health is focused on clients who pay cash fortreatment–a primary care appointment is $40, or $20 forchildren.

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Through partnerships with local health care providers, Walmartsays its new clinics are the first of their kind, offering a widevariety of services in one facility at an affordableprice. Each location is unique and serves as a prototypeto test and learn the right mix of health and wellness services forindividual communities, the company said. Patients needing aspecialist are referred to other providers, but the company says itmight offer a wider array of services in the future.

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Onsite Walmart Care Hosts and Community Health Workers at eachsite will help customers navigate their visit, understand resourcesand be a familiar presence for regular visits.

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Elsewhere, retailing and medical services are finding themselvesunder the same roof in a growing number of locations, and evenshopping malls are welcoming doctors' offices.  In LosAngeles, Cedars-Sinai Health System has opened a 32,000-square footdoctor's office at The Runway at Playa Vista, where upscale shops,a movie theater and a Whole Foods are its neighbors.

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Malls are increasingly including medical services alongwith the rest of their offerings, as the health-care industry movesaway from centralized campuses to bring services closer topatients, and mall operators are searching for tenants that provideentertainment and services to replace the brick-and-mortarretailers slowly being strangled by Amazon.com and other onlineretailers.

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Charles Toutant

Charles Toutant is a litigation writer for the New Jersey Law Journal.