The Awesome Convenience of MinuteClinic
I grew up in a large family where we couldn’t afford health care. Visiting drop-in, pay-per-visit health clinics right before the school year started was just as much a part of our fall routine as picking up school supplies.
Ironically, when I finally got health insurance as a grownup, I was both like, “Wow, awesome, this appointment will be covered!” And then also like, “Wow, what’s up? Why is it so hard to get an appointment?”
If you want the convenience of a drop-in clinic without the hassle and delay of scheduling an appointment with your doctor (assuming, of course, that your medical issue is fairly routine), check out MinuteClinic. They sponsored the Mom 2.0 Fun Run and ironically, I actually could have used them the morning of the run since I was suffering from some kind of GI distress. ANYWAY, I’ve been curious about MinuteClinic since I’ve seen them sprouting up at local CVS stores (oh, how I love prowling the cosmetics aisle…) and recently dropped in to check out how it works.
I originally was planning on visiting MinuteClinic about a skin rash I had developed but by the time I went in, things had cleared up (turns out, I was allergic to my new facial lotion). However, here was my major takeaway: I stopped by at ~2:30pm (you don’t need to book an appointment) and there was NO LINE and you could check yourself in via an easy touch screen system. AWESOME.
MinuteClinic locations are staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants. They treat common family illnesses and injuries, administer vaccinations, conduct physicals and wellness screenings, and offer monitoring for chronic conditions. You can check out more about their services here. They accept most insurance plans and also take out of pocket payment.
It’s basically an awesomely convenient way to get basic medical needs met. Weirdly, I’m looking forward to visiting them for real. Hopefully, not for a running related injury!