Convenient Care Clinics

The New Wave in Medical Care

You're sick. Not the bed-ridden kind of sick, but rather the lingering-cold and headache kind of sick. You've been through this before so you think your cold probably turned into a sinus infection. Your doctor's office is closed and you feel like you really shouldn't use the emergency room, but yet an over-the-counter drug isn't going to clear this up. And you can't miss work for another doctor's appointment. That's where a Convenient Care Clinic can help.

What is a Convenient Care Clinic?

A Convenient Care Clinic is a walk-in health care clinic located in a retail store, supermarket, or pharmacy that treats uncomplicated minor illnesses. Gaining popularity across the nation, they are found in stores such as CVS®, Walgreens®, and Target®.

Most Convenient Care Clinics treat only the most common illnesses such as:

  • Cold and Flu
  • Sinus Infections
  • Allergies
  • Minor injuries, burns and rashes
  • Pinkeye
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Head lice
  • Sprains and strains
  • Bronchitis
  • Ear infections
  • Urinary tract infections

You can also get preventive or routine care such as health screenings, immunizations, and physical exams.

Why would I use a Convenient Care Clinic?

Convenient care clinics are usually open for extended hours, often before and after your doctor's regular business hours and on weekends. They help reduce employee absenteeism since they offer flexible hours and no appointment is needed. If you have a non-urgent medical condition, a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant at a Convenient Care Clinic might be able to quickly provide the care you need, including prescriptions.

Studies show that walk-in retail health clinic customers typically are insured, have families, and are tech-savvy individuals.1 They understand that clinics help control rising health care costs, since they are less expensive than the emergency room, while providing appropriate care. For this reason alone, these clinics are gaining popularity. Experts predict that the number of Convenient Care Clinics will increase dramatically in the future.

*Service coverage is determined by your benefit plan. Your plan's primary care physician office visit copayment, coinsurance, or deductible may apply to these services.

1 "Who's Walking In To Retail Health Clinics?", Carlton A. Doty and Elizabeth Davis, Forrester Research, Inc., September 2008