acoralsea

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wal-mart one up on hillary

affordable is a popular issue that campaign on, argues about and about half our population lacks. fueled by high costs of medical equipment and medicines, doctors who seem to care more about accounting than about the patient, our litigious society and abuse of insurance coverage that the rest of us honest folks have to pay for, too many children, women and elderly are forced to decide between groceries or medicine.

, you may recall, attempted to present herself as a champion of affordable health care. however, has one-upped her by putting their money where their mouth is and opening walk-in where the un- or under-insured can seek basic care for roughly half the cost of the traditional office visit. the clinics are staffed by licensed nurse practitioners versus doctors who can provide care to patients at least 18 months old.

there are at least two ways to look at this:

  1. either continues to fail in resolving our national healthcare crisis, or
  2. , once again, finds a way to carve a profit out of a social need,

or both. CVS and other retailers are following suit.

either way, i see it as arkansas’ wal-mart one-upping an uppity former arkansan by succeeding where she failed miserably, and i love it!

so, now you can buy your domestic supplies, find inexpensive diamonds, get your tires changed and fill the prescription written by your healthcare provider right there in the same one-stop shop.

forgive me while i ROFLMBO!

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2 Comments»

  valerie sober, rn wrote @

I think that it’s always a good bet when “big business” takes the initiative and provides a service such as this rather than depending on the government to do it for us. We have come to depend upon the government for everything, and thus there are many who have grown up with a sense of entitlement where none should exist. Healthcare should never have been the responsibility of the government. It is unfortunate that the government has become involved in even the most intimate aspects of our lives in this way. I applaud Wal-Mart, CVS and RiteAid for stepping up to the plate and developing a plan to provide affordable healthcare, and they should be permitted to make a profit on this. Aside from that, another benefit is the promotion of the Nurse Practicitioner as a professional health care provider. This concept is relatively new, and I think it will do great things for the image of the Nursing Profession in general.

  acoralsea wrote @

i wholeheartedly agree with you, on both fronts that big business can succeed in social responsibility where government cannot, perhaps should not, and that walk-in clinics will boost the Nursing profession. i think that Nurse Practitioners provide a valuable alternative to M.D.s, by delivering excellent quality care, while helping to keep patient costs down. it’s the very idea that walk-in clinics may very well present a viable solution to our national healthcare crisis that i love, and the fact that wal-mart, cvs, riteaid – and soon, others – have taken the initiative to accomplish what the politicians just yap about: get affordable care to those who need it!


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