Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Will PAs be working at Walmart?

See the internal medicine aisle at Walmart?
It seems that Walmart is casting its net farther into the medical field now as reported today by NPR.
We have become accustomed to the fact that that our Arkansas friends are in the optical and pharmaceutical markets, now look out -- here they come into the world of medicine!

And timing is everything, "Wal-Mart said it would stop offering health insurance benefits to new part-time employees," in late October and now they wish to find a new market strategy for their brand in the delivery of primary healthcare in response to the burgeoning need for such that looms before us in 2014.  Sweet!
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So is part of our future as PAs possibly working at our local Walmart next to the colas (or Pop as they call it here in Western NY), frito chips, white bread and Oreos?

Granted, Walmart may be able to employ certified professionals to staff their facility, but there are a myriad of other important questions regarding barriers within their system to quality healthcare for a total or whole person.
Ah, perhaps Whole Foods should investigate this venue!

I wonder what the AAPA's position will be on this new venture for Walmart?

Black Friday at Walmart --may have new meaning now.

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