One of the world’s largest retailers is getting serious about health care with two initiatives: Walmart Care Clinic and a new service called Walmart Health.
Introducing Walmart Care Clinic and Walmart Health
Health care is a big issue for our nation and part of the problem is the lack of price transparency. Well, Walmart aims to address that with its first-ever Walmart Health center in Dallas, Georgia.
If you’ve ever gotten to the doctor’s office and frustrated wondering what your final bill is going to be, Walmart Health will bring clarity to that. You’ll know the estimated cost of your visit when you book your appointment with Walmart Health.
The new initiative is a more comprehensive offshoot of Walmart’s existing Care Clinics program.
In this article, we’ll take a look at what both Walmart Care Clinic and Walmart Health offer, the prices you’ll pay for a variety of services, hours of operation and more.
Table of Contents
- What Is Walmart Care Clinic?
- How Does Walmart Care Clinic Work?
- Which Services Does Walmart Care Clinic Offer?
- What Are Walmart Care Clinic’s Hours of Operation?
- What Is Walmart Health?
- How Does Walmart Health Work?
- Which Services Does Walmart Health Offer?
- What Are Walmart Health’s Hours of Operation?
What Is Walmart Care Clinic?
Walmart Care Clinics are designed to offer a primary health care option at an affordable price, regardless of your insurance status.
Like any doctor’s office, they can handle a full range of illnesses and injuries, as well as offer continuity of care for ongoing conditions. In addition, they offer immunizations, on-site lab tests, off-site lab tests, physicals and more.
Walmart Care Clinics accept most major insurance plans:
- Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Georgia
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
- ChoiceCare (Humana’s leased network)
- Hooray Health
- Medicaid GA & SC Plans
- Medicare Part B
- Peach State Health Plan (Ambetter exchange plan only)
- Scott and White
- United Healthcare
- Walmart Associate Plan
How Does Walmart Care Clinic Work?
Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary. However, you can make an appointment online if you wish.
There are currently 20 locations in three states — Georgia, South Carolina and Texas — and they’re all staffed by certified nurse practitioners.
Which Services Does Walmart Care Clinic Offer?
Here’s a look at the services and prices at Walmart Care Clinics:
On-Site Lab Tests and Prices
|Blood Sugar Test||$4|
|Rapid Strep Test||$20|
|Urine Protein Test||$15|
Off-Site Lab Tests and Prices
|Uric Acid Test||$8|
Injection Services and Prices
|Birth Control Injection||$109|
|Vitamin B-12 Injection||$18|
Immunization Services and Prices
What Are Walmart Care Clinic’s Hours of Operation?
The vast majority of Walmart Care Clinics are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday. They’re open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Meanwhile, the clinics shut down each day from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. for lunch.
You’ll want to be sure to call your local clinic to confirm hours before heading out.
What Is Walmart Health?
Walmart Health is Walmart’s latest entry into the health care space. Just like Care Clinics, you can get the care you need at a price you can afford no matter what your insurance status. However, Walmart Health ups the ante by packing a vast array of services into one location:
- Primary care
- Labs & x-rays
- Health screening
- Fitness & nutrition
- Health insurance education & enrollment
How Does Walmart Health Work?
Walmart Health partners with local providers to offer its wide range of health care services. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary. However, you can make an appointment online if you wish. You’ll also get an estimate of your cost when you book your appointment.
At this time, there’s one only a single location of Walmart Health in Dallas, Georgia. But more are coming — albeit slowly at first.
“We announced our second location opening in Calhoun, GA, [in early 2020],” Marilee McInnis, Head of Health and Wellness Communication, tells Clark.com. “[Walmart hasn’t] announced additional locations. We are using these prototypes to learn how best to deliver the integrated care our customers want and need.”
Which Services Does Walmart Health Offer?
Much like Walmart Care Clinic, Walmart Health is all about price transparency.
If you go in for a service, you’ll know exactly what you’re going to pay for it upfront. Keep in mind that you may require additional services — like lab tests — during your visit that will come at an extra charge.
Medical Services and Prices
|Annual Checkup||$30 (Adult) / $20 (Youth)|
|Chronic Condition||$40 (New or Returning Patient)|
|Medicare Wellness Visit||$60|
|Sick or Injury Visit||$40 (New or Returning Patient)|
|Sports, School or Camp Physical||$23.37|
* Average price, but actual cost varies on a case-by-case basis
Immunization Services and Prices
|Dental Exam, New Patient (>18 years old)||Prices start at $50*|
|Dental Exam, New Patient (15-17 years old)||Prices start at $40*|
|Dental Exam, New Patient (4-14 years old)||Prices start at $40*|
|Porcelain Crown||Prices start at $675|
|In-Office Teeth Whitening||$225|
|Deep Cleaning (Per Quad)||$75|
|Emergency Treatment for Dental Pain||$50|
|Filling||$75 – $125|
* Includes exam, X-rays and teeth cleaning
Vision and Hearing Services
|Eye Exam||$45 (New or Returning Patient)|
|Contact Lens Exam/Fitting||$55|
|Contact Lens Follow-Up||FREE*|
|Glasses Prescription Check||FREE|
|Hearing Aid Adjustment||FREE|
* No charge up to 60 days after exam
|New Patient Therapy Intake (60 minutes)||$60|
|Individual Counseling, Existing Patient (45 minutes)||$45|
What Are Walmart Health’s Hours of Operation?
Currently, Walmart Health is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. t0 6 p.m.
Again, if you live near the first-ever Walmart Health, you’ll want to be sure to call to confirm hours before you head out.
Money expert Clark Howard has long talked about how so much of what’s wrong with medicine is that pricing is murky. But both Walmart Care Clinics and Walmart Health buck that trend by being clear and upfront about pricing.
“With everything else we do in our lives, price is a signal we use to decide what and where to buy. Health care should be the same,” Clark says. “We’re talking about something that’s virtually one-fifth of our economy!”
Here on Clark.com, we’re dedicated to helping you save more money on health care. If you’re troubled by the high cost of medication, be sure to check out our new article titled 10 Ways to Save on Prescription Drugs.