MinuteClinic Joins Forces with Sharp HealthCare

Drug store clinics growing

By Consumer Bob
|  Wednesday, May 1, 2013  |  Updated 8:58 PM PDT
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NBC 7 reporter Consumer Bob talks about Minute Clinics, or quick medical clinics, that are staffed by nurse practitioners. The idea is to treat common family illnesses at a convenient location.
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Today you can buy milk, toilet paper and see a nurse all at the same location.

There is a growing trend in walk-up clinics across the country. Stores like CVS, Walgreens and Target are adding medical clinics inside their stores staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

"We really want to be able to deliver care at the right place, at the right time, the right way and sometimes this might be it," said doctor Steve Green with Sharp Reese-Stealy

Dr. Steve Green is the medical director coordinator between Sharp HealthCare and MinuteClinic in San Diego.  There are 10 clinics in the county, MinuteClinic is owned by CVS.

"We treat certain common family illnesses," said family nurse practitioner Teresa Ashcraft with MinuteClinic. 

The nurses at the clinic diagnose and write prescriptions when it's needed. If they have questions or need another opinion, they are able to contact doctors at Sharp Healthcare.

Steve Green says it's always nice to have some backup just in case. 

"Basically they (doctors) are going to be on call whenever the clinic is open," Green said.

The clinics are open seven days a week, eight-and-a-half hours every day.  Prices are listed on a screen where office visits run between $79 and $89. That price can go up depending on the treatment.

Nearly 50 percent of the patients do not have a primary doctor, 15 percent do not have insurance.

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