Thursday, February 23, 2006

A step in the right direction...

Wal-Mart to open more in-store health clinics

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT - news), which has been facing fierce criticism over employee benefits, said on Thursday it will open more than 50 in-store health clinics this year and make further changes to workers' health-care plans.

Run by third parties, the clinics are open to shoppers and employees, and are staffed by doctors who can treat non-emergency illnesses such as strep throat. Costs average between $45 and $50 per visit, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Mona Williams said.

No-one's expecting them to provide full-service health care (we ARE talking about Wal-Mart) - but going some way to absorb their own health care costs is a step in the right direction.


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