(The continuation of Dr. Patricia Allen's proposal that Wal-Mart administer the public option in health care reform. The first part is here.)
Never one to shrink from audacity, Dr Pat, our Medical Mentor and Wise Woman called for recognition that Wal-Mart can be the solution to our health care crisis yesterday. Here is Part II of her compelling argument that Wal-Mart could actually make America healthier.
With more than 4,200 retail outlets nationwide, Wal-Mart already has an immeasurable effect on the health of the communities it serves. They are already in the business of providing pharmacies, offering health care screening and extending emergency care on a limited basis as well, as serving as the location for back-to-school physicals for children and immunizations to people of all ages.
In its “Better Health Care Together” statement, Wal-Mart outlines four principles for a healthy America. One of these tenets is the belief in the responsibility of individuals to maintain and protect their health. Continue reading and join the discussion at Women's Voices For Change.
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