Beyond the pharmacy: Why Shoppers Drug Mart is recruiting doctors

A Shoppers Drug Mart Health Clinic at Lawrence Ave. and Dufferin St. in Toronto. Handout

VANCOUVER — Nearly nine months after it opened its first doctors’ office, Shoppers Drug Mart is recruiting more tech-savvy physicians to staff its growing roster of clinics—physical outposts it sees as part of its emerging connected-health strategy.

“We are interested in being a broad health player,” said Jeff Leger, president of Shoppers Drug Mart, in an interview with The Logic. Leger believes the Canadian health-care system could be easier to navigate, more convenient to access and better connected virtually. He’s betting his company, the country’s largest pharmacy chain, can help. “There’s a lot of gaps there that we think we can play a role [in filling].”

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