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Lowe's and Walmart: Surgery's On Us

The retail giants offer employees and their families free joint replacements.

Published: October 15, 2013

Lowe's and Walmart have partnered with 4 hospital systems to offer complimentary hip and knee replacements to employees and their families.

The retail giants combined forces with the San Francisco, Calif.-based Pacific Business Group on Health Negotiating Alliance to launch a national Employers Centers of Excellence Network, which aims to provide workers of large employers with quality, affordable health care.

Employees enrolled in the companies' insurance plans qualify for the no-cost, no-deductible care, which includes the initial consultation, the surgery, and travel and lodging expenses for the patient and a caregiver.

Individuals who opt for the free surgery must travel to one of the following partner facilities to have it done:

  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Md.
  • Kaiser Permanente Orange County Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, Calif.
  • Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo.
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.

A Lowe's representative points out that the participating health systems are spread throughout the country, giving workers in underserved areas access to high-quality surgical facilities.

The program is voluntary; employees can opt to incur the normal costs of surgery to have procedures performed at local facilities.

Daniel Cook


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