God bless Minute Clinic.

Today I learned that Minute Clinic is a wonderful thing.

As yesterday afternoon I was hit with one of the common ailments treated at Minute Clinic, I determined that instead of a visit to urgent care, I’d go to Cub Foods. At 9:05, right after opening, I was the first patient. Diagnosis and treatment took about 15 minutes; getting my prescription filled took longer.

Added bonus: treatment is cheap – even cheaper with insurance, as they charge the office visit co-pay, not the urgent care/emergency copay.

Plus, you get to watch your tests be performed! Hooray!

P.S. I’m much better, thank you.

12 Comments so far

  1. Lex (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2005 @ 9:35 am

    The Minute Clinics appear to be a purely suburban phenomenon. I haven’t seen any of them in Minneapolis proper – only in the outer spawl. Where was your clinic located?

  2. Tipper (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2005 @ 9:55 am

    Well, according to the website, they’ve got a Nicollet Mall location and a U of M location. I imagine the reason they’re not in the city proper is because they’re usually in new stores, and there are more new stores going up in the ‘burbs. I visted the Cub Foods in Maple Grove, a new store. They’re putting them in CVS Pharmacies now, all of which are new to the area.

  3. Dr Sam (unregistered) on September 14th, 2005 @ 9:10 pm

    Dear Friends

    Is the Minute clinic concept a good thing to keep adding?

    We have regular AFD Walkin Clinics in TN & are a little worried

    Should we add AFD Micro clinics or team with Minute Clinics to be the referring clinic?

    Dr Sam

    can you email me with your thoughts to

  4. George Wright (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 4:49 pm

    Is Minute Clinic a public company,and traded as such?

  5. christie np (unregistered) on November 16th, 2005 @ 8:08 pm

    Yes they are a public company go to minuteclinic.com. Word is that they are going to be opening nationally at Walmarts to help offset their employee health costs so they can offer at least some coverage to all of their employees. A cost effective
    “start” for effective healthcare using proven providers such as NP’s and PA’s and NO I do not work for them. I have just watched them grow and am fascinated at the ingenious of their plan.

  6. Erica (unregistered) on November 16th, 2005 @ 8:43 pm

    In Wal-Mart? Dang. Guess I won’t be going.

  7. Jer (unregistered) on November 20th, 2005 @ 6:54 pm

    What is thier stock symbol or have they done and IPO yet?

  8. tom (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 5:01 pm

    Not a public company. Privately held; venture backed. Not Wal-Mart . . CVS Pharmacy is the primary retailer. CVS executive on their board, so not likely you’ll see them outside CVS except in MN, where they opened with Cub and Target; and Seattle, where there are no CVS Pharmacies. Two other clinics like them: TakeCare (www.takecarehealth.com) and RediClinic (www.rediclinic.com. We’re holding a conference for physicians interested in understanding the “express care” phenomenon. Info at http://www.nafac.com

  9. steph (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 12:07 am

    These minute clinics are a rip off. They only have nurses and no doctors. They say that they only take 15 mins but I waited for more than 1 hour. Of course afterwards they gave me a prescrition for an antinflamtory which their pharmacy sold me at an inflated price and gave a subsitute. They even misdiagnosed me. They are just a money making business and not interested in actually treating any patients, just giving out antibiotics for colds in order to make a few bucks. What a medical scam, wait until the mal-practice lawyers get a hold of them.

  10. cathy (unregistered) on February 12th, 2006 @ 10:14 pm

    These Minute Clincs are wonderful!! I went to my regular clinic for my son’s strep 2 years ago and my insurance company paid $150+ for this visit, at minuteclinic today it was only $79.00 that is quite a savings. A rip off, no way!! They are staffed by master prepared nurse practitioners and physician assistants, excellent practitioners!!! They are in the money saving business along with patient centered care, sure you may wait an hour if there is a line ahead of you, but ask yourself… how much time and money would you spend at an urgent care. I don’t think these pracitioners nor this concept has anything to worry about from lawyers, they give top notch and the most up to date clinical care right that is researched based. I have to tell you Steph, YOU ARE SO WRONG!!

  11. Sue (unregistered) on February 18th, 2006 @ 11:37 pm

    The MinuteClinic concept is definitely just what the market ordered. Definitely NOT what the doctor ordered!!
    Steph, the MinuteClinic advertises “most visits take 15 minutes or less”. A visit does not start until you walk into the exam room.

    Nurse Practitioners have been in existence for over 40 YEARS. It never ceases to amaze me that the public is still so clueless!! The days of the MD-as-Deity are GONE. (though they are still clawing and kicking). .
    An MD’s training is 95-98% hospital-based and perhaps 2-5% ambulatory care. Family Nurse Practitioner’s training is 100% ambulatory. Which one would you prefer addressing your common problems?? If I were having a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, major traumadefinitely a physician!!! If I have a sinus infection, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or want to be empowered to be my healthiest—-definitely an NP!!!
    Studies comparing the outcomes between MDs and NPs demonstrate equal frequency of positive clinical outcomes AND the NP’s usually are more cost-effective in their choice of treatments. Often patient satisfaction is higher after seeing a NP vs an MD.
    Unfortunately the public still looks at NPs as “some nurse that a doctor has given permission to write prescriptions”. The amazing thing is…if that is their perception WHY do they go to a clinic that is run by an NP??? Go see the MD.

  12. Franklin Olmo (unregistered) on March 1st, 2006 @ 7:37 pm

    You get what you pay for! Minute clinics are the most incredible conflict of interest…specially if you are inside the pharmacy that wnats to attract the business. Is largely babked by insurances that want to keep raising the cost of health care and diminish their expenses, so their CEO’s keep reinbursing record multi-millionaire bonuses.
    I believe this will keep dropping the quality of care this country is receiving…worse than that wil keep getting doctors and rputable clinics out of business. DO NOT complain when you are in a life or death situation, and suddendly a unsupervised nurse practicioner cannot save you life. In other words keep sponsoring the “easy american way” cheap clinic, but do not come back complaining about the poor quality of our health care system that keep loosing well trained doctors.
    In my opinion is a desperate move to get unfair competition to other pharmacies and get the customers in their door. The over prescription of antibiotics will bring a bigger nightmare:Germs resistance to anything available. Maybe your minute clinic can give you a minuter , cheap solution!

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