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Walgreen’s Reaches Out to Help the Unemployed

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The nation’s largest drugstore chain is helping the unemployed and uninsured take good care of their health at a time when they need it the most.  walgreens23Walgreen’s, which operates 6,679 drugstores in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, is offering free clinic visits to the unemployed and uninsured through 2009.

Although patients still have to pay for prescriptions, people who lose their jobs and health insurance after March 31 will be able to get free treatment at Walgreen stores with Take Care clinics for conditions such as respiratory problems, allergies, infections and skin conditions, among other ailments.  These treatments typically cost $59 or more for people with no insurance.

According to Hal Rosenbluth, chairman of the Take Care Health Systems division, the plan is an experiment; he isn’t certain how patients will respond to the program or what it will cost the company.  What’s certain is that the move is likely to generate positive attention for the clinics.  The typical Take Care patient tells eight other people about the experience, so the move could bring in significant new paying customers.  Walgreen’s operates 341 Take Care clinics in 35 markets around the country, including Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and Cleveland.

walgreens1To receive free treatment, patients must present proof that they have lost their jobs, including a federal or state unemployment determination letter and an unemployment check stub.  They will be required to sign a form stating that they have lost their jobs and health benefits.