Walgreens is one of the oldest pharmacies in the United States, and was founded in 1901 in Chicago. Today, the company operates more than 8,175 stores in every American state and territory.

The first Walgreens clinic, mostly known today as Healthcare Clinic at Walgreens, was offered in the fall of 2006, beginning in Delaware, and expanding to other states including Kansas and Illinois, as well as Georgia. Today, there are Walgreens Clinics in more than 400 different Walgreens locations in 20+ states.

Most Walgreen Clinics originated as Take Care Clinics, but then re-branded to become the Healthcare Clinic at Walgreens. Today, many Walgreens clinics are being co-ventured with local market healthcare providers and co-branded within specific market areas.

Some other Walgreens clinics are operated by local health care providers, such as Advocate Clinic in Illinois, and Providence Express Care in Portland.

Healthcare Clinic at Walgreens Locations & Hours

Walgreens Clinics operate in a total of 20 states, including Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Washington.

Hours of operation vary based on the healthcare provider and location of the clinic, though most clinics are open every day, including weekends. The majority of clinics are not open 24/7.

Walgreens Clinics Services

Walgreens Clinics offer basic healthcare and urgent care services, focused on three areas; prevention and wellness, treatment, and monitoring/management.

Prevention and wellness treatments include basic physicals and screenings, as well as vaccines and immunizations. Minor illnesses, aches and pains, and injuries/skin conditions are also offered.

The clinics can also manage and monitor the progression of chronic illnesses like diabetes, asthma, and osteoporosis, among others.

Walgreens Clinic Insurance & Payment Information

Walgreens accepts most major insurance providers, though these may vary based on the healthcare provider and location of the clinic. Patients can check their list of accepted insurers on the Walgreens website.

The clinic also offers out-of-pocket services for those who do not have insurance or have not met their deductible. Credit cards and cash are accepted for these services, and a receipt can be issued for reimbursement by the insurer.

Healthcare Clinic at Walgreens Mission & Values

The vision and mission of Walgreens is to be the most-loved health, beauty, and well-being company in the U.S.

In service of this goal, Walgreens seeks to emphasize 3 primary values; honesty, trust, and integrity. These values are to be upheld across all interactions with patients, customers, employees, and shareholders.

* In certain markets, care is provided by Physician Assistants
** Prescriptions written when clinically appropriate. Patient has a choice of pharmacy.

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Urgent Care Guide

In a recent survey conducted with the Urgent Care Association, Solv found that patients were waiting an average of 24 days for appointments with their primary care provider. In a world of instant gratification, consumers demand more. They demand now. If you want to watch a movie, you download it in minutes or stream it instantly. If you need groceries, you can pick up your phone and have them delivered to you within the hour. If you need restaurant reservations, you find one with availability, book online, walk in minutes later and sit right down. Healthcare shouldn’t be any different.

That’s why urgent care has been growing at a faster pace than any other healthcare service in the United States. And it is why healthcare consumers search for “urgent care” more than 5x more than “primary care” or “family doctor,” combined. These consumers are highly actionable, searching with high intent terms like “urgent care near me.” They want same day access to quality healthcare providers when they are sick or injured - after hours, one weekends and on holidays - without the cost and inconvenience of the emergency room.

Urgent care centers typically treat minor illnesses like the flu, sinus infections and strep throat, as well as injuries like bone fractures and sprains, cuts, scrapes and burns, making these clinics ideal for diagnosing and treating non-emergent healthcare needs. And at a growing rate urgent care clinics are offering preventative care services including annual physicals and well visits, flu shots and other immunizations and vaccines, taking on the role of primary care provider for the tens of millions of consumers that don’t have one.

For kids there are special pediatric urgent care centers, usually open after hours for patients between the ages of 1 and 18.

Services & Pricing

Urgent care centers, which are part of the walk-in clinic healthcare category, are a convenient resource for consumers needing treatment for minor illnesses and injuries. Services that you would normally receive at your primary care office are usually available at an urgent care including annual and school physicals, flu shots and immunizations, treatment for illnesses including colds, flu stomach pains, sinus and ear infections and more. You can also be seen for injuries such as burns, bites, sprains and breaks - things that you might first thing to go to the emergency room vs urgent care, but you’ll have a shorter wait and smaller bill at the urgent care. As for cost, without insurance, you should expect between $100-140 for your visit, plus the cost of any labs, tests or images. With insurance, urgent care will be similar to seeing a specialist with applicable co-pay.

Insurance & Payments

Nearly all urgent care centers take commercial insurance and many (if not most) will take medicare. As such if you have insurance coverage, you can expect the financial experience to be similar to visiting a specialist where you have a co-pay, usually $35-50, due at the time of the visit. Any additional lab work, x-rays or other tests performed will be billed against your insurance first and any supplemental balance due will be invoiced to you after the fact. Without insurance, you’ll pay a visit fee between $100-140 at the time of your visit. This is typically 25-50% more than your primary care provider, but usually the convenience is well worth the additional cost. If you are interested in a telehealth or video visit, your cost could be as much as 50% less than an urgent care, you could be diagnosed and prescribed medication and you’ll never have to leave your home.

Hours & Wait Times

Every urgent care center - even those part of the same group or brand - may have different hours. While they are meant to be conveniently accessible during times when your primary care provider is not, that’s subjective and highly variable. A traditional formula, however, is that an urgent care is open 6 to 7 days a week usually between the hours of 8 am to 8 pm. That could shift to nearly any 8-12 hour period between 7 am and 10 pm. You’ll even find some clinics open 24 hours a day, similar to an emergency room. As for wait time, most patients report waiting between 15-45 minutes on average, but that can certainly vary, as well. It’s usually best to find an urgent care near you to either confirm the hours online, or call the clinic directly to verify. Or, you can book a same day doctor appointment online with Solv.

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