Walgreen Co.’s Take Care Clinics will provide free health care services throughout the remainder of 2009 to patients who lose their jobs.

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Walgreens launches Take Care Recovery Plan

April 20th, 2009

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreen Co.’s Take Care Clinics will provide free health care services throughout the remainder of 2009 to patients who lose their jobs.

Clinic patients who became unemployed on or after March 31 and have no health insurance — and their families — will be eligible for the Take Care Recovery Plan.

“Walgreens and Take Care Health Systems will not stand idly by as individuals are forced by the hardships of the economy to choose among basic necessities such as health care, housing and food,” says Walgreens president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson. “Quality, accessible and affordable care should be the right of every individual.”

The offer applies to most services provided at the 340-plus clinics, including routine treatment of colds, sinus infections, bronchitis, strep throat, seasonal allergies, urinary tract infections, pinkeye, dry skin, poison ivy, minor skin infections and burns. Those treatments typically cost $59 or more for the uninsured.

Under the Take Care Recovery Plan, patients can access the services between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Prescriptions, health evaluations, vaccinations, physicals and the administration of injections or infusion therapies are not included in the offer.

Quest Diagnostics Inc. is participating in the program by providing free laboratory testing. Quest will provide such services as cultures for strep throat and urine tests to aid in the diagnosis of bladder and urinary tract infections.

“Walgreens and Take Care Health Systems strongly believe that a family’s health care needs should not take a back seat to the economy,” says Hal Rosenbluth, president of the Walgreens Health and Wellness division and chairman of Take Care Health Systems.

“Take Care Clinics were founded on the principle of providing patient-focused care and doing all that they can to help every patient in the communities they serve. We consider this opportunity to help current and future Take Care Clinic patients a privilege and believe that Take Care Clinics are well placed to deliver such peace of mind.”

Qualifying individuals’ dependents — including a spouse, same-sex domestic partner or minor child — are covered by the offer as long as they are uninsured. Individuals who find employment or get insurance before the end of the year will no longer qualify, nor will their dependents.