May 27, 2024

Walmart, America’s largest retailer, has announced the closure of its 51 Walmart Health centers across five states, alongside ending virtual health services, in a surprising move revealed on Tuesday.

In recent years, Walmart expanded into healthcare, establishing clinics adjacent to its superstores and offering a range of services, from primary care to dental work. These centers aimed to provide affordable care, particularly in rural and underserved regions lacking primary care options.

However, this decision marks a significant reversal, potentially leaving a void in healthcare access for lower-income, uninsured individuals who relied on these centers, according to CNN. Walmart attributed the closures to financial challenges, citing an unprofitable business model amidst reimbursement difficulties and escalating operational costs.