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A Walk-in Clinic Alternative: CVS Minute Clinic

We usually reserve this blog for events, restaurant reviews and other lighthearted stuff, but sometimes I find other unexciting things worth sharing.

This time, it’s the CVS Minute Clinic.  Maybe you noticed this logo the last time you ran into CVS to pick up a pack of gum and wondered what it was. I did too.


After fighting a cold for the past two weeks, I finally decided some antibiotics were probably the only way to rid myself of the nasty bug. Not having a regular doctor, I thought I’d have to settle for a visit to Urgent Care (shudder the thought). Instead, I decided to stop into the Minute Clinic.

They chose a great name for this in-store Urgent Care replica … in less than 30 minutes I was seen by a nurse practitioner, diagnosed (Bronchitis, yuck!) and given prescriptions which conveniently were sent electronically to the store’s pharmacy just 50 yards away.

This is a brilliant strategy by CVS! They offer a service comparable (or better) than walk-in clinics, it’s faster, and they provide their pharmacy with a direct stream of patients.

For a complete list of prices, treatments and locations, visit their Web site:


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  • Matt
    Friday, 19 June 2009

    Many Walgreens also have this service.

  • Retail Healthcare News Editor
    Friday, 19 June 2009

    For additional information on retail healthcare clinics, check out

  • Kristina
    Thursday, 25 June 2009

    I really hope they do a better job than Publix, I LOVE Publix but their clinics are awful.

    The nurses were actually looking up symptoms in a book to diagnose a patient.

  • Curley & Pynn - The Strategic Firm
    Thursday, 25 June 2009

    @Kristina, I think they did a great job. I mean, I think my symptoms were pretty standard and I think you have to use your best judgment when going to one of these doc in a box type places … it’s not meant for complex health issues. I’m a huge fan of Publix and I didn’t even know they offered a similar service!

  • akeorlando
    Thursday, 9 July 2009

    I’ve never heard of or noticed this, but it certainly is good to know. Do all CVS stores offer this service? Or is it only a select few?

  • Curley & Pynn - The Strategic Firm
    Thursday, 9 July 2009

    @akeorlando Not all stores offer the clinic, but there are 9 in the Central Florida area. I thought it was a great experience.

  • Health care -- how do we move forward
    Friday, 6 November 2009

    Minute Clinics and other similar pharmacies are a critical component to improving health care delivery, moving lower value work from physicians to resources that are appropriately trained, but are a lower cost provider. This concept was well documented in Clay Christensen’s book, “Seeing What’s Next”. You can follow various developments in health care delivery and the health care debate at

  • akeorlando
    Monday, 16 November 2009

    This past weekend I saw a commercial for this! It’s so funny about how my awareness is much more acute since this post.

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