Thursday, April 2, 2009

Walgreens Take Care Clinics offer free care to jobless

Walgreens Take Care Clinics offer free care to jobless

Take Care Clinics, located inside Walgreens drugstores, are offering free medical care to families of people who lost jobs and have no health coverage.

There are some catches. Patients have to have lost their jobs after March 30. If patients have never been treated by Take Care before, they must pay for the first visit. Prescriptions are not part of the deal.

Otherwise Take Care, which treats most minor ailments, is waiving $59 to $80 fees depending on the type of service through the rest of 2009. Quest Diagnostics also won't charge for tests Take Care commonly uses to diagnose strep throat and bladder infections. Free care is being offered to spouses, same-sex domestic partners and children if they have no other health coverage.

Visits are limited to between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.