Photo: Chileans Now Have Another Health Care Option While in the U.S.
Chileans in the United States now have another option for basic health care thanks to an agreement between the Chile and drug store giant Walgreens.
Currently, more than 125,000 Chileans are working and/or living in the U.S. with more than 200,000 visiting in 2011 alone, and prior to this agreement, Chileans had to purchase health care plans or pay great amounts of money for basic care. This new agreement however, allows them to receive basic care in one of over 300 “Take Care” clinic associated with Walgreens.
The plan also provides them with a 10 percent discount on many prescription drugs.
A Walgreens spokesperson told The Santiago Times, “Walgreens has more than 300 clinics inside stores and each is staffed by a nurse practitioner. Take Care clinics handle many things from rashes to diabetes.”
The Take Care clinics can be found in 18 states, many of which are home to a number of Chileans currently in the U.S.
At the clinics, patients can be vaccinated against certain ailments, receive standard health screenings and be given diagnoses and treatment for a number of illnesses. However, those in need of more serious treatment, such as surgery, still need to go to hospitals or emergency rooms, as anything more than basic care is not covered by the new plan.