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We told you in October that Walgreens was going to start offering services more aligned with urgent care than with traditional retail health services in Las Vegas. Now the pharmacy giant has announced broader plans in the urgent care sector: In addition to expanding those Las Vegas sites, they’re making similar moves in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. In each instance, they’ll be partnering with MedExpress (whose parent company, UnitedHealthCare, just announced plans to buy HealthCare Partners). Walgreens already boasts 11 urgent care centers in West Virginia, Virginia, Nebraska, and Texas. The level of care at those urgent care sites will be higher acuity than at the existing Walgreens retail clinics (and other typical drugstore walk-in clinics), which is expected to help those Walgreens draw in more patients—and pharmacy customers.

Follow-Up: Walgreens Expands Efforts to Offer Urgent Care Services