A struggle in the US between optometrists and a Walmart-backed campaign for a constitutional amendment in Oklahoma raises salient questions for UK practitioners about the extent of corporate influence on healthcare.
In the future, will the retailing and clinical elements of the profession become more clearly delineated as in the US? Or will the retailing element of the role fall to the wayside altogether?
Oklahoma is one of three states in the US that does not permit optometrists to practise in a corporate environment.
Walmart has attempted to get around this restriction through a campaign for a constitutional amendment that would allow spectacles to be sold in a retail environment.
But optometrists in the state have pushed back against the change, concerned that the amendment could result in corporations limiting an optometrist’s scope of practice in pursuit of profit margins.
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Topic: Optical News