Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Hospital on Wheels & the Walmarting of Health Care

An interesting post from Hospital Impact discussing a South Bend, IN hospital experimenting with a "a "hospital on wheels" and the "Walmarting of Health Care" experiment. It was only a matter of time before Walmart decided to get into the health care business by providing an inhouse clinic.

In a state like West Virginia where Walmart is the biggest employer and has a footprint in every regional area around the state -- it makes a lot of sense. At a minimum, it provides greater access to health care to our elderly rural population who visit their local Walmart on a regular basis.

While health care costs continue to skyrocket it might be interesting to see whether Walmart can buck the trend and lower costs for preventive care.

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