Walmart instore clinics to be managed by professionals

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.

Walmart is responding to that criticism by essentially outsourcing the clinics to experts.

Now what?

Disclosure: I do not own Walmart stock and rarely shop there.

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Snapshot of a Google ad by eBay
I know business is tough out there and companies have to do the best that they can to grow and create shareholder value, but does it mean advertising the way eBay is doing in this AdWords ad. I saw this on a pretty boring article related to dating. First of all, this ad is highly misleading because, to the best of my knowledge, eBay is not in the business of adult entertainment. Secondly, public companies should not be using such language in any context. I don’t blame Google for this because the process is totally automated at their end.