My wife and I were talking this morning about health care, and how good our experiences have been with “minute clinics” – those little clinics located inside of pharmacies, groceries stores, and big box megastores (those that shall remain unnamed).
It’s becoming harder and harder to conveniently schedule a “normal” doctor’s office visit. When you do get an appointment, it’s never on time, the doctor is rushed because he makes more money the more patients that he sees, and each time you go there are new rules regarding what is covered in a visit, payment methods accepted, insurance coverages… in short, it is inconvenient and generally an unsatisfying experience.
Minute Clinics, on the other hand, are rarely busy. Appointments are not necessary – you just walk right up. These clinics are normally staffed by R.N.s or some sort of nurse practitioner. The times I have gone to one of these clinics, the nurse has spent a considerable amount of time with me – I estimate 2-3 times the amount of time spent on me with my “normal” physician.
These clinics are going to be more and more disruptive in the delivery of health care; and I predict that they will drive down the number of traditional physician’s offices in the very near future because they deliver better and more timely service.
The downside is that these clinic visits run about $50 a visit, but worth it in convenience and attention, in my opinion.
So, if you have something short of lab work that you need but need something better than over the counter cold medicine, I highly recommend the Minute Clinic.