"Do you need to have half a year for greeting cards? Perhaps not. But how many different types of shampoo do you need?" said Lisa Gill, a health care analyst at JP Morgan.
Stores in the Yunnan substitute for weaker areas such as greeting cards, 20% more room space for medical products, such as asthma and sleep apnea, as well as iPads that research healthy and health programs.
Ever since they recently bought Aetna, said Ross Muken, an analyst at Evercore's ISI. CVS wants to introduce a "holistic approach to healthcare", he added.
Spiral health care
This is the largest pharmacy network in the country, and almost 70% of the US population lives three miles from the CVS store.
Healthcare professionals for 30,000 people also make their HealthHub strategy reliable for consumers: "In the healthcare system, one of the most trusted advisers is a pharmacist," Hill said.
CVS bought Aetna to create a giant customer base: it collects a health insurance premium of about 39 million Americans. The company believes that acquisition will help reduce costs and increase profits from these plans.
But these stores will face competition from emergency clinics that come across the country as well as retailers like Walmart, who also make a game of healthcare.
CVS resets patients with chronic diseases as a key means of reducing costs. Patients with chronic illnesses are the most expensive for insurance in the United States. The condition is about 80% of the $ 3.5 trillion of annual health expenditure: heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, asthma and mental health.
"Here we see great opportunities. People with diabetes, asthma, and cardiovascular disease – we know their name," Merlot said last year. "They do not reach their best health." Shops in X'stoun will also have more rooms for the care of the sick, as well as classes for health and nutrition workshops. In X'thoune, for example, there is a class with the American Heart Association.
Although X-Yuston stores will not have doctors on the site, CVS collaborates with TelaDoc, a virtual healthcare platform that integrates physicians and patients.
CVS wants Patients come to their stores for more minor conditions than to go to the emergency department, which is the most expensive option for insured persons such as Aetna. Excursions to the ER can trigger providers for thousands of dollars each visit.
"Think about the number of visits that end in the emergency department," Merlot said. "They could be seen at a retail clinic for a fraction of the cost."