Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Welcome to WallyWorld General!

Does your health care provider wear a stylish blue vest? No? Well maybe you should re-think your choices:

"[A] Washington Examiner comparison of the two health insurance programs found that Walmart's plan is more affordable and provides significantly better access to high-quality medical care than Obamacare."

Not only that, but it's cheaper than ObamaTax plans, "there are no income eligibility requirements," and unlike the ObamaTax, rates aren't tied to age. What's even better is that "[m]any top-rated Walmart hospitals — such as the Mayo and Cleveland clinics — are left out of most Obamacare exchange plans."

So: lower premiums, lower out-of-pocket (due to Walmart's Health Reimbursement Arrangements) and access to better hospitals and care centers. Could it get any better?

Why yes, yes it can:

"You will notice there are 9,837 doctors [under Obamacare]. But the larger [Walmart] network is 24,904 doctors."

Substantially better than twice as many under Sam Walton than Kathy Shecantbeserious. Sweet.

This makes sense, of course, when you consider what co-blogger (and Certified Medical Office Manager) Kelley observed two years ago:

"Wal-Mart will succeed because Medicine is a business. Back in 2009, I wrote that “physicians, like all technicians, understand the art of medicine, that is their training, and they are effective in their art. However, medical schools do not teach physicians how to relate to the enterprise of medicine or to the business of medicine.” Wal-Mart will succeed because they appreciate the patient and they can offer low prices"

Kelley was discussing health care but the principle holds: Walmart is a business and adheres to profitable business principles. One of those is providing value for dollars spent, whether for lawn furniture, dish soap, vacuum cleaners or insurance.

I wonder if they're hiring agents....

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