Sam’s Club, the member’s only warehouse arm of Walmart Inc., is the latest retailer getting into the healthcare business.
And a big part of the services Sam’s Club is choosing to eventually offer its members through its 600 warehouses includes ecommerce and digital healthcare.
Following a late-September launch and rolling out further this month, Sam’s Club is offering four health plans to warehouse members in Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
The new healthcare services are a pilot program; Sam’s Club could expand further, although it has yet to announce any formal dates and plans.
Customers will be able to buy one of four bundles of healthcare services ranging in annual fees from $50 for individuals to $240 for a family of up to six members, Sam’s Club says.
The wholesale club’s discount healthcare services program is called Care Accelerator, with bundles of package services that include free prescriptions on certain generic medications, discounted dental and eyecare services, and prepaid health debit cards of $5, $40 and $100, respectively, to be used within the health services network, Sam’s Club says.
Unlimited telehealth visits at $1 per visit will be available through telehealth services provider 98point6 and preventative health screening from Quest Diagnostics that measures key health indicators for early detection of heart disease and diabetes. It also includes up to a 30% discount on chiropractic, massage therapy and acupuncture services, and a 10% discount on hearing aids, Sam’s Club says.
“The Care Accelerator is designed to solve problems, especially for our members who shoulder a higher burden of healthcare costs, like small business owners or those with high deductible plans,” says Sam’s Club Health and Wellness senior vice president Lori Flees. “We will test this program in Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, with the potential to expand to all members in the future.”Favorite