Percentages of Types of Exams from a Walmart Practice

on September 18th, 2010 | Filed under Optoblog

For you optometry students trying to make up numbers for your business plan, here are some percentages from my average Walmart practice:

Eye Exam Types

Types of eye exams, by percentage, done by optoblog at his Walmart practice for 2007-YTD2010 (9-17-2010). Also, percentage of all exams needing insurance billing.
YearGlassesContactsMedicalInsurance
YTD 201046%47%7%26%
200945%46%9%20%
200845%46%9%NA
200746%49%5%NA

In 2007 and 2008 I didn’t track the percentage of patients using insurance because I didn’t have to bill very much back then.

For more interesting stats to help you make your business plan, the OBA-CE has compiled these:

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  1. Frank says:

    Is that “insurance” category vision or medical insurance billed, or both? I thought most visits to eye doctors was covered under insurance?

    • In this particular case, it is all insurance: vision and medical. Do you think every single person in the world has insurance? Do you think Obama is going to pay for your eye exam?

      I have an idea. Why don’t we all pay for doctor office visits ourselves? Then if your crazy insurance wants to pay for things like hair cuts, oil changes, and routine eye exams, you can send them a receipt and get reimbursed. Take the doctors out of the cost so that we can lower our prices.