Walmart is so desperate to fix health care, it flies employees to top hospitals in other states for treatment
Walmart is so desperate to fix health care, it flies employees to top hospitals in other states for treatment. In the end, Bill's story, which both Geisinger and Walmart shared this week with permission, was a win for everyone. But it also speaks to a larger trend: U.S. employers are getting increasingly fed up with the myriad problems with the U.S. medical system. Companies pay for about 49 percent of Americans' health care, and are facing rising costs without any real improvements in outcomes. So Walmart and its partners published a case study detailing their approach in Harvard Business Review, in an effort to disseminate its ideas more broadly. Walmart's Lisa Woods, who wrote the piece with Jonathan Slotkin, a director of spine surgery at Geisinger, and Ruth Coleman, a health executive and nurse, described how they've succeeded by focusing on more than just lowering costs.