CVS Caremark Corporation, a NEC member, is planning to open “MinuteClinics,” medical clinics inside their stores, in six of its locations in New Hampshire. The MinuteClinic will treat common illnesses, such as strep throat and ear infections, and offer a variety of vaccinations. This has the potential to save its customers time and money by saving them a trip to the doctor’s office. The clinics will accept most insurance plans and Medicare.
The MinuteClinic offers CVS an opportunity to expand its services and to attract more customers into their stores. The clinics will consist of a waiting area and one or two exam rooms; prices for the clinic will be posted both online and in stores on an electronic board. Additionally, they will offer some wellness and prevention services that aim that will inform their customers how to live healthier lives. By encouraging customers to be conscious of their health and offering easy access to health services, CVS hopes to have an impact on public health.
“The clinics first need state approval,” according to MinuteClinic spokesman Brent Burkhardt. He expects they will open in November or December. CVS is committed to ensuring that its customers will know exactly what value of services they are getting. “It’s very transparent,” Burkhardt said. “You know exactly what the services cost.”
CVS is joining other drugstores in offering medical services on their property but they are the first to do so in New Hampshire. Currently they have more than 680 MinuteClinic locations operating in 25 states throughout the United States. The New England Councilcongratulates CVS on their announcement and wishes them the best of luck with the expansion of their program into New Hampshire.