Walgreens Woos Employers With at-Work Health Care

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2009 10:18 AM CST
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(Newser) – Walgreens is amping up its effort to interest corporate and government employers in its network of clinics and workplace health centers, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company aims to build on its base of 350-plus corporate clients, and has been steadily snapping up concerns that cater to them. Under the plan, employees could have checkups, and even dental care, done at work.

Participating employees would have access to care outside of business hours at in-store clinics and would receive discounts on drugs and merchandise. The company is pitching its network as a cost-saving measure for employers. “Everyone today is looking to control health-care costs,” an exec said, and the program “can be a big part of helping to reform health care in this country.”