Walgreens to offer free healthcare to unemployed

March 31, 2009


Drugstore operator Walgreens will offer free treatment to the unemployed and uninsured for the rest of the year through its walk-in clinics.

Walgreens said patients who lose their job and health insurance after March 31 will be able to get free treatment at its in-store Take Care clinics for respiratory problems, allergies, infections and skin conditions, among other ailments. Typically those treatments cost $59 or more for patients with no insurance.

Free services will be offered only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walgreen said it will not offer free checkups, vaccinations or other injections because it is focusing on providing services patients might otherwise get at an urgent-care center or even an emergency room.

Patients must present proof they are unemployed. They will have to sign a form at the clinic saying they have lost their jobs and health benefits. If they find a new job or get new health insurance, they will no longer be eligible for free care.

The program is expected to last through the end of 2009. Walgreen runs 341 Take Care clinics, including one in Lawrence at 3421 W. Sixth St.


Sheila Couchman 9 years, 2 months ago

What about people who can only find a part time job of less that 20 hours per week? They would not qualify for health insurance and would certainly not have any money for a doctor!

RoeDapple 9 years, 2 months ago

cknajsmeemaw, This is something Walgreens has taken on voluntarily. Give it a chance, they may be able to do more. I applaud Walgreen for doing what they can for the unemployed and will shop there more often in support of their decision.

myvotecounts 9 years, 2 months ago

The Walgreens walk-in clinics seem like an economical alternative for certain medical conditions, and it's hard to find fault with their offer of free services for unemployed and uninsured. I hope it works out well for all.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 2 months ago

So, 50% of posters so far today are of the "haters". Great.

We should just be glad, and leave it at that.

mommie2boogie 9 years, 2 months ago

Well I just called walgreens, and was transfered to their Take Care customer care line. I spoke to a nice girl, and it is for people who have lost their job as of TODAY and any day AFTER.

I think what they are doing is great, but still, I worry, what about all the other people who are unemployed because of this horrible economy.... What about us?

lawthing 9 years, 2 months ago

Walgreens is already providing reduced rate prescriptions. They have a discount card that lets you get pretty much the same discount you would if you had insurance.

Walgreens is even way cheaper than Walmart with the card!~ In fact they are $50 cheaper on some narcotic prescriptions like adderaul.

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