(Illustration by Kaiser Health News from photo by Walmart via Flickr)
(Illustration by Kaiser Health News from photo by Walmart via Flickr)

Walmart, the retailing behemoth with nearly 3,500 stores in the U.S., is angling to get into the even more mammoth health care business.

NPR and Kaiser Health News obtained a 14 page document, a “Request for Information,” which indicates Walmart is looking for partners in “becoming the largest provider of primary healthcare services in the nation.”

But, this afternoon, a Walmart executive said that the document had been “overwritten.”

You can listen to NPR’s story, as reported by KQED’s Sarah Varney, here.

Or you can read the Kaiser Health News story here.

Walmart: Get Clothes, Food and… a Health Check Up? 14 November,2011Lisa Aliferis


Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED’s State of Health blog. Since 2011, she’s been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco’s CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for “Best Topical Reporting” from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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