Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Walmart Wants to be Your Health-care Provider

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Walmart is planning to enter the health-care industry. NPR and Kaiser Health News are reporting this morning that the nation's largest retailer wants to offer a range of medical services from basic prevention to management of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.

NPR reported that in the same week, in late October, Walmart, the nation's biggest private employer, announced it would stop offering health insurance benefits to new part-time employees. The retailer sent out a request for information seeking partners for its initiative to sell primary health care.

This morning, Walmart spokeswoman Tara Raddohl confirmed the proposal but declined to elaborate on specifics.

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