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Walgreens Clinics Will Provide Free Care to Some Jobless

Posted Aug 27 2009 11:37pm

People who are uninsured and lose their job after March 31, 2009 are being offered free care from Walgreens and its partner Take Care Health Systems, according to a press release.  More than 340 Take Care Clinics operate out of Walgreens stores across 19 states.

The offer covers qualifying family members too, including a spouse, same-sex domestic partner or minor child, as long as he or she does not have health insurance benefits. The program covers most services including:

  • Respiratory Illnesses, such as colds, sinus infections, bronchitis and strep throat

  • Common Conditions, such as seasonal allergies, urinary tract infections and pink eye

  • Skin Conditions, such as dry skin, poison ivy, and minor skin infections and burns

Take Care Recovery Plan patients can get the free care  between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The offer does not cover health evaluations, vaccinations, physicals and injection/infusion administration.  Once a patient gets a job, they are no longer eligible.

People can find out if they quality for the program at, or by calling l 1-866-Take-Care (1-866-825-3227).

The Take Care Clinics are just one of several retail, or store-based, clinic chains that have been popping up all around the country.  Doctors are generally against the clinics for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it is more difficult to coordinate care if patients are seeing a variety of caregivers. Concern that the clinics will steal business from traditional doctors’ offices is also an issue though.  Patients enjoy the convenience and lower prices at the clinics.

Retail clinics are typically only busy in the winter months, which has made it hard for them to survive.  Recently, there was a wave of retail clinic closings. Walgreens, however, is still planning to open more clinics.  This “free care” offer could help bring more people in the door for now.

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