Walgreens to Give Free Healthcare to Unemployed

Drugstore chain Walgreens will offer its jobless and uninsured customers basic access to healthcare, providing routine treatments to down-on-their-luck patrons who need medical help.

Patients who lose their job after March 31 can go into any of the chain's in-store Take Care Clinics and receive free treatment for illnesses like respiratory problems, basic colds and flus, allergies and skin conditions, Walgreens said.

Walgreens will offer free care daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until the end of 2009.

The service is designed to increase Walgreens' business and draw in more customers, Walgreens Take Care chair Hal Rosenbluth said.

Visitors must provide proof that they're unemployed in order to take advantage of the Walgreens deal. Spouses and children of unemployed customers are also eligible for the free care if they're uninsured.

There are 341 Take Care centers at 35 major cities throughout the country.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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