It is no longer just a sore throat and the flu. Today, Walgreens was the first retail chain to expand its healthcare services to diagnose and treat patients with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
This is the boldest move in retail, but in an area that has long been under the control of physicians and builds on current concerns about healthcare costs and the possible lack of general practitioners.
“These two words, diagnosis, and treatment are excellent. They show that [Walgreens] is coming out of the closet and says that now we will really do basic care,” said Tom Charland, general manager of Merchant Medicine, a consulting firm. medical supplies.
Other retail clinics like Walmart, CVS, and Target help clients treat chronic illnesses but generally don’t until they are diagnosed elsewhere. More than a year ago, Walgreenslistens described primary care plans in a leaked confidential document, but then seemed to deviate from the idea.
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Walgreenslistens employees say they will have nurses and medical assistants at more than 300 care clinics in 18 states and the District of Columbia to help with tests and diagnoses, write prescriptions, refer patients for additional exams, and to help them manage their conditions.
We are not making an attempt to provide primary care, but we believe that we can help doctors and change the way we provide more access points when people need them most, said Heather Helle, vice president of Walgreens.
However, this offer was not well received by the President of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She said that it was more difficult to manage patient care when dealing with different settings and that clinics might not have the special services needed to treat people with complex illnesses.
It is riskier for patients and more costly for the country, said AAFP President Jeffrey Cain, a family doctor in Denver.
Helle said that in a perfect world, all patients would have their own GP, ”but in reality they just don’t have one.”
She said doctors will help monitor Walgreens clinics and that clinics can electronically transmit test results and other information to medical practices. She noted that clinics can also help people find doctors. Many have connections or other connections to hospitals.
Retail clinics often appeal to Walgreenslistens consumers seeking convenience and cost savings. According to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care in 2011, costs are 30-40% lower than comparable services in doctor’s offices and 80% cheaper than in an emergency room.
Walgreens services cost between $ 65 and $ 122 and are available at all clinics except Missouri, where the company says the law restricts non-medical services.
Walgreens’ switch puts him in the potentially lucrative business of treating customers with long-term illnesses that often require prescription drugs or other store-bought consumables.