Walmart opening primary care clinics in East Texas

Stacey Spivey

POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 2:57pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:47pm

Walmart has continued to expand its services. According to Walmart representatives soon you'll be able to into a Tyler Walmart, Get groceries, go to the pharmacy, have your oiled changed, and see your primary care physician. KETK asked East Texans what they think, and here's what they had to say.

"I just don't think its a good idea," said Marsha Dodson. Clinics in smaller cities throughout South Carolina, Georgia, and Texas are already in business, including Palestine. This pilot program offers services such as health screenings and disease management for things like diabetes and high blood pressure. However, Dodson said its not necessary. She said, "I prefer my own doctor and going to the office, and I think stores should stick to their groceries, and you know, cosmetics, and things like that."

She also told KETK she thinks the majority of East Texans would stick with their own physicians. "A lot of people if you've had a physician as long as you've had, you want to stay with your physician," said Dodson.

However, Ron Frazier said he believes it will only benefit our area. "I think they'll fill a necessary need in our community," said Frazier because of their unbeatable prices. "It can allow people who don't have access to physicians to get some kind of treatment other than go to the ER," said Frazier. He continued to say, "If they were open sometime my physician was closed, and i needed to get in to see a doctor, and i couldn't make it in to see my own physician, yes I would."

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