One of the better acts of corporate kindness I recently came across is Walgreen’s extension of providing free healthcare to those who are unemployed or uninsured. If you haven’t heard of Walgreen’s Take Care Clinic, you’re not the only one. I only read about it recently myself.
Apparently, a fair number of national Walgreens (estimated at more than 300) now contain a working clinic to help anyone needing medical attention — not just the unemployed or uninsured.
Don’t expect all-inclusive healthcare, however. They do have treatment limitations.
For example, Take Care Clinics can only treat common illnesses, such as the common cold or flu, along with handling vaccinations and allergy treatment. None the less, I think Walgreen’s offer of free services to those without medical coverage is truly a noble act.
The other limitation is availability of service based on location. Yup, not every Walgreens has a clinic. Clinics certainly appear more prevalent across major areas. For those without access to a major metro area, you might find yourself out of luck for locating a clinic.
The last limitation, and probably the most disappointing, is the program extends only until the end of 2009 … I know, I’m relaying Walgreen’s Recovery Plan to you at the eleventh hour. Sorry! But, some speculate Walgreen’s will extend the program into 2010 based on the success it’s received thus far. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
For more information on Walgreen’s offer for free healthcare to the unemployed and uninsured, and to determine if one exists in your area, visit: http://www.takecarehealth.com/recoveryplan/
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