A step in the right direction...
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.