Forbes May 31, 2024
Sai Balasubramanian, M.D., J.D.

Walmart announced last month that it would be shutting down its healthcare business, specifically by closing all 51 of its health centers across the country in addition to its virtual healthcare service. The press release discussed how although the company felt that it had made a significant impact during its time in the healthcare space, it ultimately “determined there is not a sustainable business model for [Walmart] to continue.”

This news was extremely disheartening to the wider healthcare community. Walmart Health centers were launched in 2019 as a way to provide affordable and easy access to care for millions of patients around the country. The most celebrated aspect of the launch was that Walmart would be capitalizing on decades of...

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Topics: Patient / Consumer, Primary care, Provider, Retail care, Retailer
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