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It’s ‘unbelievable’ Walmart couldn’t figure out how to operate primary care clinics profitably, expert says

May 21, 2024
Healthcare Brew
Summary
Walmart's decision to close its primary care clinics has sparked discussion among healthcare experts, with Hal Andrews of Trilliant Health suggesting the move was financially motivated. Despite Walmart's vast resources, the company may have chosen to pivot towards more profitable healthcare segments like specialty pharmacy, which generates substantial revenue compared to primary care. The closure negatively impacts rural communities already facing significant healthcare access challenges, with few retailers equipped to fill the gap. Andrews emphasizes that Walmart's potential to bridge rural healthcare disparities now seems like a missed opportunity, leaving rural patients with diminished options.
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