CVS MinuteClinic is a division of CVS, one of the largest pharmacy companies in the United States. Originally, it was started as QuickMedx, and founded in Minneapolis, MN. It was the first-ever “retail clinic” in the United States. Today, MinuteClinic is the largest retail walk-in clinic in the country, with more than 1,100 locations in 33 states, as well as the District of Columbia. It has received three consecutive accreditations from The Joint Commission, in 2006, 2009, and 2012, for quality of service.

MinuteClinic Locations & Hours

CVS MinuteClinic operates in a total of 33 states. Exceptions include some states in the Pacific Northwest, like Oregon and Washington, as well as some northern states like Wisconsin, Maine, and Minnesota.

While most CVS MinuteClinic stores are located in CVS pharmacies, some are also located in Target stores, due to a partnership between the companies. They are open seven days a week, including evenings and weekends, even when the main stores are closed. No appointments are needed.

CVS MinuteClinic is partnered with dozens of hospitals and general practitioners. A full list can be seen here.

CVS MinuteClinic Services

CVS MinuteClinic offers more than 125 different services, according to their website. Urgent care services focus on minor injuries such as strains, sprains, and breaks, as well as treatment for illnesses like the flu.

Other services include treatment for chronic skin conditions, screening and monitoring services – such as diabetes screenings and blood pressure tests – physicals, vaccinations and injections, and women’s services. CVS MinuteClinics do not offer advanced screening services such as blood tests or x-rays.

MinuteClinic Insurance & Payment Info

CVS MinuteClinic serves patients with most major health care plans. It is recommended that patients check with their insurance provider before scheduling an appointment to ensure that they are covered in their area. The company also offers an online insurance checker, which can verify insurance coverage at a particular MinuteClinic location.

Bills and copays can be paid with cash, credit or debit cards, or checks (except in Target locations). Online bill payment is also offered by CVS MinuteClinic.

MinuteClinic Mission & Values

CVS and the CVS MinuteClinic are dedicated to supporting each person’s health experience, and helping them get the advice and the resources that they need – to address chronic, acute, and specialty conditions.

Their mission and purpose is to help people get on a path to better health. The corporate values of the company are Innovation, Collaboration, Caring, Integrity, and Accountability.

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Urgent Care Guide

In a recent survey conducted with the Urgent Care Association, Solv found that patients were waiting an average of 24 days for appointments with their primary care provider. In a world of instant gratification, consumers demand more. They demand now. If you want to watch a movie, you download it in minutes or stream it instantly. If you need groceries, you can pick up your phone and have them delivered to you within the hour. If you need restaurant reservations, you find one with availability, book online, walk in minutes later and sit right down. Healthcare shouldn’t be any different.

That’s why urgent care has been growing at a faster pace than any other healthcare service in the United States. And it is why healthcare consumers search for “urgent care” more than 5x more than “primary care” or “family doctor,” combined. These consumers are highly actionable, searching with high intent terms like “urgent care near me.” They want same day access to quality healthcare providers when they are sick or injured - after hours, one weekends and on holidays - without the cost and inconvenience of the emergency room.

Urgent care centers typically treat minor illnesses like the flu, sinus infections and strep throat, as well as injuries like bone fractures and sprains, cuts, scrapes and burns, making these clinics ideal for diagnosing and treating non-emergent healthcare needs. And at a growing rate urgent care clinics are offering preventative care services including annual physicals and well visits, flu shots and other immunizations and vaccines, taking on the role of primary care provider for the tens of millions of consumers that don’t have one.

For kids there are special pediatric urgent care centers, usually open after hours for patients between the ages of 1 and 18.

Services & Pricing

Urgent care centers, which are part of the walk-in clinic healthcare category, are a convenient resource for consumers needing treatment for minor illnesses and injuries. Services that you would normally receive at your primary care office are usually available at an urgent care including annual and school physicals, flu shots and immunizations, treatment for illnesses including colds, flu stomach pains, sinus and ear infections and more. You can also be seen for injuries such as burns, bites, sprains and breaks - things that you might first thing to go to the emergency room vs urgent care, but you’ll have a shorter wait and smaller bill at the urgent care. As for cost, without insurance, you should expect between $100-140 for your visit, plus the cost of any labs, tests or images. With insurance, urgent care will be similar to seeing a specialist with applicable co-pay.

Insurance & Payments

Nearly all urgent care centers take commercial insurance and many (if not most) will take medicare. As such if you have insurance coverage, you can expect the financial experience to be similar to visiting a specialist where you have a co-pay, usually $35-50, due at the time of the visit. Any additional lab work, x-rays or other tests performed will be billed against your insurance first and any supplemental balance due will be invoiced to you after the fact. Without insurance, you’ll pay a visit fee between $100-140 at the time of your visit. This is typically 25-50% more than your primary care provider, but usually the convenience is well worth the additional cost. If you are interested in a telehealth or video visit, your cost could be as much as 50% less than an urgent care, you could be diagnosed and prescribed medication and you’ll never have to leave your home.

Hours & Wait Times

Every urgent care center - even those part of the same group or brand - may have different hours. While they are meant to be conveniently accessible during times when your primary care provider is not, that’s subjective and highly variable. A traditional formula, however, is that an urgent care is open 6 to 7 days a week usually between the hours of 8 am to 8 pm. That could shift to nearly any 8-12 hour period between 7 am and 10 pm. You’ll even find some clinics open 24 hours a day, similar to an emergency room. As for wait time, most patients report waiting between 15-45 minutes on average, but that can certainly vary, as well. It’s usually best to find an urgent care near you to either confirm the hours online, or call the clinic directly to verify. Or, you can book a same day doctor appointment online with Solv.