Walmart to test programs for US workers to cut its healthcare costs

World

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.

FILE PHOTO: A worker walks past the pharmacy in a new Walmart Express store in Chicago July 26, 2011. REUTERS/John Gress


(Updated: )

Share this content

Bookmark

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.

Advertisement

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

Advertisement

In addition to healthcare services for employees, the company is also beefing up itRead More – Source