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Wal-Mart has won the race to the bottom with local mom-and-pop shops. Now the big-box giant might crush the medical community with its everyday low prices at their new health-care clinics. While more people will likely get immunized, rural areas will have better access to health care, and easily diagnosed illnesses will be nipped in the bud, Wal-Mart will offer nurse practitioners, more referrals to primary-care physicians and specialists, retail pricing and flat fees, and less care continuity. One-stop shopping is a great idea and, even without the dependence on health insurance, do you really want Wal-Mart to be that omnipresent?