When you make a quick stop at your local pharmacy it's usually to pick up a prescription, but now there's a new reason to hit your local drug store. They're called mini-clinics and they just might change the way we take care of our health.
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Mary Norton: When you make a quick stop at your local pharmacy, it is usually to pick up a prescription, but now there is a new reason to hit your local drug store. They called Minute Clinics and they just might change the way we take care of our health. Female Speaker: For me it has been a life saver with four children and it seems that we pass illnesses back and forth, so it is really been a help to be able to just run and get a quick throat swab or get the lungs listened, do that kind of thing. Mary Norton: It is a hassle free healthcare, convenient, quick, and affordable. Female Speaker: It is about half the cost of a regular office visit at a doctor's office about a sixth of the price you might see at an emergency room. You are seen by a family nurse practitioner or physician assistant in the clinic, we are able to write prescription. We do a full exam for the condition that you are to be seen for. Mary Norton: Minute clinics do not handle chronic illnesses, but are great for things like strep throat, sinus infections, or a bad cold. Female Speaker: I am waiting for my prescriptions now and I want to head home and then lie in bed and recover. Mary Norton: The clinics are usually open seven days a week with extended hours. No appointment needed. Female Speaker: It really seems as far as we know now to be a positive development in the healthcare system that is often really un-wealthy and too expensive and too hard to access. . Mary Norton: Minute clinics accept insurance co-pays, Medicare and Medicaid. They will send a report to your primary care doctor and if you do not have one they can recommend one in your neighborhood.

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