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Walgreens, McLaren Health Care partner on Rx, health service

Walgreens and Michigan-based health network McLaren Health Care this week announced that they will work together on a strategic collaboration with a focus on health services and pharmacy offerings.

Through the partnership, McLaren said it planned to open various health service offerings inside Walgreens locations throughout Michigan, including retail clinics, urgent care centers and primary care sites.

“As the cost of health care continues to rise, patients’ expectations are evolving around better value, convenience and simplicity, and a desire for instant, high-quality care,” said Pat Carroll, Walgreens chief medical officer and group vice president of healthcare services and clinical programs. “Our collaboration with McLaren, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to create neighborhood health destinations that provide retail health services and patient care across the communities we serve.”

In addition, McLaren’s health service offerings, as part of the agreement, and Walgreens will operate some select onsite pharmacies, purchasing the prescription files and inventory of McLaren pharmacies in Michigan. As part of the purchase, McLaren Health Plan members will be able to access Walgreens prescription services at any of the Walgreens-owned pharmacies or any Walgreens store.

“Consumers increasingly seek value and convenience when choosing a healthcare setting, and fewer — particularly younger adults — have a relationship with a primary care physician,” said Philip Incarnati, president and CEO of McLaren Health Care. “Walgreens has a reputation for delivering outstanding service and customer experience, and we are proud to work with them to create these new clinics and give Michigan residents more options for quality, affordable care when and where they need it.”
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