Wal-Mart Refutes Plan To Delve Into Primary Care
Wal-Mart Stores has announced that it incorrectly described its interest for partners in an initiative to reduce U.S. health care costs "by becoming the largest provider of primary health care services in the nation." Wal-Mart sent letters to health care providers and companies last month asking them to explain their areas of expertise and provide information on how, as potential partners, they would manage patients with complex chronic conditions. John Agwunobi -- senior vice president and president of Wal-Mart U.S. health and wellness -- said, "We are not building a national, integrated, low-cost primary health care platform."
- "Wal-Mart Plans Ambitious Expansion Into Medical Care" (Appleby/Varney, "Shots," NPR, 11/9).
- "Walmart Denies Plan To Build Major Health Platform" (Wohl, Reuters, 11/9).