Wal-Mart says it won’t further medical offerings

It was speculated earlier this week, by National Public Radio and Kaiser Health News, that soon individuals would be able to stop by Walmart and not only get groceries, but a check-up, too.

But, as it turns out, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will not be elbowing its way into the medical field any time soon, according to ArkansasOnline.

A report released earlier this week from NPR and Kaiser Health News, stated that the national retailer was “planning to offer medical services ranging from the management of diabetes to HIV infections.”

However, the day after NPR and Kaiser Health News reported the new endeavor, Wal-Mart released a statement saying the Request for Information sent out by the company to potential partners was “overwritten and incorrect.”

The authenticity of the document was undisputed according to Scott Hensley of NPR.

ArkansasOnline states that the Bentonville-based company gave another statement from Dr. John Agwunobi, head of health and wellness, which said that the company is “not building a national, integrated, low-cost primary care health care platform.”

Even with the nation’s largest retailer stating that they will not be involving themselves in health care right now, it seems they have left the door open for possible future undertakings.

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