Hospitals have been eyeing Walmart nervously for years as it advances into health care.
Early-stage deal talks between Walmart and Humana are worrisome.
The Bentonville, Ark., retailer already operates pharmacies and primary-care clinics and plans to begin offering lab-testing services. It has also recently increased its direct negotiations with hospitals for competitive prices on some procedures for its employees.
A deal with Louisville, Ky.-based insurer Humana could accelerate Walmart’s transformation into a direct competitive threat and a force in tamping down spending on hospital services, according to industry executives and consultants.
Learn more about Walmart’s dealings with Geisinger and others in the Wall Street Journal