6 Reasons To Visit A Walgreens Healthcare Clinic


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Where do you go when you have a minor illness or injury? Your primary doctor? The emergency room? The Walgreens Healthcare Clinic?

I have been going to my primary care doctor for more than two decades. When it comes to big things, there isn’t another doctor I would trust. So when he moved his practice an hour away, I didn’t bother finding a new doctor. I’ll make the drive for someone who knows my history and habits. But when it comes to minor illnesses and aches and pains, driving across town is well, a pain. 

When you have kids, minor illnesses pop up regularly. Things like strep happen. But dragging the kids across town to check to see if mom needs antibiotics makes me feel even sicker. So for the past few years, I have used walk in clinics for my minor ailments. The clinic I go to is nice, but expensive. Because I have a high-deductible insurance the $150+ visit comes out of my pocket. Ouch!

I knew there was a clinic inside my Walgreens, I see it every time I pick up my prescriptions. But I have always looked right past it. I didn’t know anything about it, and I just assumed it wasn’t for me. I was wrong. 

After being asked to learn more about the Walgreens Healthcare Clinic to share on my blog, I started my research. I was surprised to learn how many services the clinic can attend to, and how affordable services are. Actually, I was surprised by a lot of things. 

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6 Reasons To Visit A Walgreens Healthcare Clinic

Upfront Prices – As I mentioned, I have a high-deductible insurance. For some reason every time I visit the local walk-in clinic (and my daughter’s pediatrician), I am unable to get a straight answer up front how much the visit will cost. I am regularly told, “We will bill your insurance and then bill you for the balance.” I try to explain that I know I will be responsible for the full amount, but my arguments fall on deaf ears. So I leave expecting a bill for an unknown amount later — annoying. So when I noticed a life-size sign in front of the Walgreens Healthcare Clinic I was relieved. No mystery pricing, everything is right there for you to compare. 

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Affordable Services – Based on recent experience (a strep visit that cost +$150 and my daughter’s ear infection that cost $96) I was curious to see how rates would stack up. Minor illnesses are just $79-89 per visit (*charges may be higher based on length and complexity of your visit). In other words, my daughter’s simple earache would have been $79, a $17 savings. On the other side of the sign I noticed prices for additional tests with strep listed for $17. So my visit (which was also simple) would have been $96, a $54+ savings!

Most Insurance Plans Accepted – Although we have never actually met our deductible (knock on wood), I do like to make sure that every medical need goes toward our deductible. So I wondered about insurance. I was even more excited about the savings when I discovered that most insurance plans are accepted, so visits would still be applied toward my deductible. (Note, for those with traditional insurance you only have to pay your regular co-pay for the visit. Just like any other traditional medical facility.) 

Convenient – Another clear benefit of the Walgreens Healthcare Clinic is one-stop shopping. Whether you need to fill a prescription or pick up an over-the-counter medication, everything is right there. When you are toting around sick kids convenience is golden.

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Extended Hours of Operation – I don’t know about you, but my kids always seem to get sick after 5 pm and on the weekends. You know, when the doctor’s office is closed. Most Walgreens Healthcare Clinics are available seven days a week with evening hours. So you can get your kids the care they need, when they need it. (Unfortunately my clinic is not open on the weekends at this time, but fingers crossed that will change soon.)

Wellness and Prevention – Not just for illnesses, Walgreens Healthcare Clinic also offers services like vaccinations, school/camp physicals, health screenings and more. 

This year when an illness strikes my family, I will be hitting up the Walgreens Healthcare Clinic instead of the local walk-in clinic. I’ll save money and time so I can hurry up and get better.  

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Comments

  1. It’s so nice to have this option available as moms with kids – we need extended hours because kids don’t get sick on a schedule (lol).

  2. mindy cole says:

    Walgreens is one of my favorite stores if you need anything for being sick they are more then willing to help you in any way they can

  3. My husband has used drugstore-based clinics for poison oak. It spreads like wildfire on him and he usually gets into it doing yardwork on the weekends, so it’s great to have the convenience of a walk-in clinic nearby. I haven’t seen any Walgreens Healthcare Clinics in our neighborhood, but I will keep an eye out for them.

  4. The Healthcare clinics in Drug Stores are absolutely meeting a need for nonemergency room medical assistance. It’s amazing how few Dr’s provide even SAT appointments

  5. I always go there to get a flu shot, so easy and so cheap (cheaper than a doctor co-pay and much faster)

  6. Vanessa Coker says:

    They’re great. We’ve had to use them before and it was so quick and easy, they did end up referring us to the ER (stomach bug) but I would not mind using them again.

  7. I hope they get your hours worked out soon! That really stinks that they aren’t open on the weekends. I LOVE that their prices were listed so that you could see that you can save money by visiting them when you’re sick. That’s awesome!

  8. One of my favorites. Have been using their clinic for minor ailments for a few years now. It is so much more convenient that driving 30 minutes to my doctor every time.

  9. It’s only 3 blocks to my Walgreens clinic. Haven’t had to use it, but nice to know it’s there.

  10. This is a great post. health should always be kept as a priority and everyone should have a plan for when they need to visit a clinic!

  11. sheila ressel says:

    It’s so much more convenient to go to Walgreens than it is to go to a walk-in clinic and I would imagine there wouldn’t be much of a wait time at walgreens.

  12. Stephanie Larison says:

    I like that, sounds like you can get in and have a affordable experience. I sometimes avoid having to go in because it ends up costing way too much.

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