Wal-mart tones down ambitious healthcare plan
Wal-mart is up to something, something to do with primary care. The only thing that Wal-mart itself is saying is that it’s not doing what it told potential partners it wants to do.
The commotion started with the retail giant’s circulation of a 14-page request for information document from Wal-mart’s Health & Wellness division seeking “mutually beneficial proposals that will aggressively drive down costs within the healthcare system.”
The overture opened with an ambitious statement of intent: “Wal-mart intends to build a national, integrated, low-cost primarycare healthcare platform that will provide preventative and chronic care services that are currently out of reach for millions of Americans. Wal-mart intends to do this in an affordable and accessible way while maintaining or improving quality outcomes. Wal-mart seeks partners who have a care model or capability that can help dramatically drive down the cost of care, while maintaining or improving quality on a national level.”