Walmart Inc said on Thursday it will begin several healthcare pilot programs for its U.S. employees starting Jan. 1 as it looks for ways to cut healthcare costs – one of the largest expenses for the retailer after wages.
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WASHINGTON: Walmart Inc said on Thursday it will begin several healthcare pilot programs for its U.S. employees starting Jan. 1 as it looks for ways to cut healthcare costs: one of the largest expenses for the retailer after wages.
Walmart will pilot a program that will connect patients with local doctors in an effort to cut down on its workers relying on word of mouth or social media to find a doctor. The pilot programs will be held in parts of Arkansas, Florida and Texas.
The company is the largest U.S. private-sector employer with a 1.4 million workforce.
In North Carolina and South Carolina, the company will test a concierge service to address issues with billing, fix appointments, understand a diagnosis and find a provider.
In Colorado, Wisconsin and Minnesota, Walmart will expand a program that allows patients to video chat with a doctor from home for US$4 per chat.
The retailer will also offer workers access to fitness clubs for US$9 per bi-weekly pay period and add a predictable co-pay of US$35 for every visit to a primary care physician under its most popular medical plan. These services will be available nationwide.
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