by John R. Fischer
, Senior Reporter | January 30, 2023
To expand access to low-cost healthcare in rural communities, Dollar General has opened mobile clinics at three of its Tennessee locations, as part of a pilot coordinated with mobile health provider DocGo.
The mobile clinics will be in store parking lots, with visitors able to walk-in or make appointments online, by phone or via text, for physicals and routine checkups, vaccinations, immunizations, screenings, lab tests, management of chronic conditions like hypertension and diabetes, and urgent care services like wound care.
The opening of the clinics follows other drugstores and retailers like CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Amazon, UnitedHealth Group and Kroger, which have all launched consumer-focused clinics of their own in recent years/
The project is part of DG Wellbeing, Dollar General’s health initiative. Dollar General will test the pilot over the next few months and may expand it to additional stores, depending on how customers respond and as it continues to grow its healthcare products and services in rural areas.
The clinics will accept Medicaid, Medicare and select private insurance plans, billing them at urgent care center rates.
Founded in 2015, DocGo describes itself as a “last-mile provider” that dispatches clinicians to locations where they provide care to patients that otherwise would need to go to a physical clinic. The company was formerly called Ambulnz, and went public in 2021 in a merger with a special purpose acquisition company.
DG Wellbeing was available in roughly 3,200 Dollar General stores, as of October 2022.