Walgreens offering free health care to those who qualify

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By: submitted

DEERFIELD, Ill. (SUBMITTED) -- For the rest of 2009, Walgreens will offer free clinic visits to the unemployed and uninsured. They will provide tests and routine treatment for minor ailments through the drugstore's walk-in clinics, which will hopefully alleviate some of the burden that those without healthcare often encounter when seeking medical care. Patients, however, will still need to pay for prescriptions.

Walgreens said that those who lose their job and health insurance after March 31 will be eligible for free treatment at their in-store "Take Care" clinics for allergies, respiratory problems, skin conditions, and infections, amongst other minor ailments. These treatments typically cost $59+ for patients without insurance.

Walgreens currently operates 341 Take Care clinics in 35 markets throughout the U.S., including Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

The free services will only be offered from 11am to 3pm, Monday through Friday. Patients will be required to present proof that they are unemployed, including a federal or state unemployment determination latter and unemployment check stub. They must also sign a form saying that they lost their job and health benefits, and if they find a new job or get health coverage, they will no longer be eligible for free care.

Spouses and children are also eligible for free treatment provided that they don't have coverage of their own.

Quest Diagnostics, a medical lab operator, is also participating by offering free tests for strep throat and urinary tract infections.

(This information submitted by Take Care Health Systems)


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