Wal-Mart health clinic attempts gets sick, start to fail


Wal-Mart does pretty much everything well, or at least according to plan. So the news it's backing off the expansion of in-store medical clinics offers up a rare Wal-Mart failure.

Wal-Mart had planned to open 400 clinics by next year, but as of February had just 31, and that's down from 78 the year before, according to Business Week Magazine.

When in-store clinics started popping up some years ago, it seemed like a genius idea, for both patients and the retailer. As a person who works for herself and occasionally gets sick, I am one of those casting about for a place to get quality treatment for a reasonable fee.