I have always supported the concept and business model behind these walk-in clinics because of more choices for patients. The walk-in clinics are a great idea because, as I recently found out, my family doctor referred me to the eye doctor when I experienced all kinds of complications with my vision (blurry, lack of focus, easily tired, inability to switch from near to far without enormous strain), he couldn’t see me for 6 weeks. The funny part is that the woman at the clinic who answered the phone said that in the meantime I might want to try an over-the-counter medication for dry eyes (for someone like me with a perfect pair of eyes, I had never heard of this ailment). I was very skeptical of heeding the advice of a poorly-paid EA in a doctor’s office, but guess what, in 2 days, I learned that I still have my perfect set of eyes. I wish I had gone to one of these clinics.
I have argued before that if anyone criticizes these clinics, it is not because they genuinely care about the health of Americans; these are simply people who are afraid of competition. One argument that they have used is that these clinics may be run by incompetent people and may pose a public safety issue.
Disclosure: I do not own Walmart stock and rarely shop there.