Sept. 8, 2022 -- Walmart and UnitedHealth Group will launch a joint program to provide preventive healthcare for millions of people over 65, the companies announced this week.

The 10-year partnership will start with 15 locations in Georgia and Florida next year, the companies said in a joint statement. It will focus on common health issues for older people, like heart disease and diabetes. The companies plan to expand it to cover hundreds of thousands of people.

The deal will also offer virtual services for all ages.

CNBC reported that Walmart’s healthcare personnel will use Optum, a health services company owned by UnitedHealth, for data analytics on patients. The pairing includes the launch of a co-branded Medicare Advantage plan in Georgia.

“The focus will be on value-based healthcare, a model in which hospitals and doctors’ offices are reimbursed for the care they provide through multiple Medicare Advantage plans,” CNBC said.

“Medicare Advantage is a Medicare-approved plan from a private company and is an alternative to original Medicare, the federal government’s health insurance plan for seniors.”

Doug McMillon, Walmart’s chief executive officer, said, “This collaboration puts the patient at the center of health care by leveraging the strength and complementary skill sets of our two companies to accelerate access to quality care.”

The retail giant and the healthcare giant worked together in January to provide free, at-home Covid-19 tests.

The companies said in their statement, “Eventually, the collaboration aims to serve even more people, including those across commercial and Medicaid plans, by providing access to fresh food and enhancing current initiatives to address social determinants of health, over-the-counter and prescription medications, and dental and vision services.”

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