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Whole Foods CEO floats plan to enter healthcare, eyes clinics

Austin, Texas–Whole Foods, the company that brought health food mainstream, now wants to sink its teeth into healthcare, according to a recent interview with founder and co-CEO John Mackey. Mackey is considering opening health clinics at stores that would be available to employees and the general public, Bloomberg Business reported.  The news follows the recent boom in retail clinics driven by companies like CVS, Walmart and Walgreens, chains like Concentra (owned by insurer Humana) and U.S. HealthWorks (owned by California hospital system Dignity Health), and health systems in local markets. In some big suburbs and metropolitan areas, retail clinics are already pulling away patients in primary care, chronic condition management and non-emergent urgent care from dominant providers. Mackey is a progressive libertarian and vegan who argues for merging environmental sustainability with consumer-focused business in a book called Conscious Capitalism, and he is working on number of ideas to enter the healthcare economy with a focus on the American diet – something traditional healthcare providers have not really been able to improve.  “Americans are sick of being sick,” Mackey told Bloomberg Business. “They don’t know what to do, and there’s so much misinformation, which is why we started Whole Foods in the first place.”

~Urgent Care Business News

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