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Walgreens To The Rescue

Who would have ever thought unemployment would soar higher than Red and Meth put together? It’s currently 11% in California alone, which leaves most of us scrounging for healthcare resources. Earlier, I put you on to the college healthcare hustle, where you can get your learn on and basic medical attention for about 100 bucks. Now, Walgreens has stepped up in a major way, offering free medical care via its in-store Take Care clinics, for those that received the boot from the workplace after March 31, 2009.

For the rest of the year, Walgreens is offering free clinic visits to the newly unemployed and fabulous at 341 of its Take Care clinics in 35 markets around the country. Even spouses and children are eligible if they don’t have insurance of their own! Prescriptions will still have to be paid for, but tests and routine treatments for minor ailments can be handled at these walk-in clinics. Respiratory problems, allergies, infections and skin conditions are among the conditions the clinics are equipped to handle. No, you can’t get your annual physical or your kid’s vaccinations here but you can get the equivalent of urgent care or even ER service for those with minor conditions, according to the AP. Operating hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

What’s the catch you say?

None. Potential recipients show proof of unemployment by way of a federal or state unemployment determination letter or unemployment check stub and sign a declaration of job loss. Easy.

Now stop trying to combat swine flu with Tussin and head to the Walgreens website to see if there’s a participating clinic near you.