Walgreens Offers Free Health Services to Unemployed-Uninsured

March 31, 2009

(ChattahBox—Walgreens announced today it would begin offering free health care to uninsured and jobless Americans, at its in-store, walk in Take Care Clinics, available at dozens of Walgreens drug stores throughout the country including, Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Cleveland and Chicago. A full list of locations is available on the clinic’s website. Walgreens is calling its free program, the Take Care Recovery Plan, and will offer free treatment for illness, injuries and tests by Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.

Treatments for many common family conditions, such as colds, cough, flu, upper respiratory conditions and minor skin conditions will be available. A full list of services usually priced at $59 or above, are listed on the clinic’s website. The free health services will continue through the year 2009.

The Clinics will not offer basic checkups and other types of wellness care, such as vaccinations as part of its free program. The idea is to offer services, for illness and injury that many uninsured may normally be forced to seek at an emergency room.

Patients must meet certain qualifications to receive the free health care. Patients, who are at least 19 years old, lose their jobs and health insurance after March 31, 2009 will qualify. They must also provide proof they are receiving or will be receiving federal or state unemployment benefits.

Additionally, and this is important to note, spouses, domestic partners and children age 18 months through 18 years, of the unemployed person are eligible as well. However, at least one of the family members must have visited a Take Care Clinic as a patient before the unemployment occurred. Free services will be offered only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Walgreen’s free health care offer is a win-win situation for both the national drug store chain, the jobless and uninsured and their families. Walgreens just acquired the Take Care Clinics last year and is seeking to market them and grow its patient base.

This is an example of a corporate charitable program at its best, where both parties benefit, especially the unemployed and uninsured, who would otherwise, needlessly suffer and go without treatment or overload emergency rooms for common illnesses.

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One Response to “Walgreens Offers Free Health Services to Unemployed-Uninsured”

  1. John_Mayer on April 1st, 2009 4:20 am

    Are you uninsured in America? You should check out the website http://UninsuredAmerica.blogspot.com – John Mayer, California

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