CVS: MinuteClinics planned in NH by year’s endStaff Report
August 07. 2013 8:05PM
MANCHESTER — CVS Caremark Corp. plans to open medical clinics at six of its CVS stores in New Hampshire, including ones in Manchester and Nashua, before year’s end that will treat such ailments as ear infections and strep throat.
MinuteClinic will accept most insurance plans and post prices for its services on its website.
The clinics first need state approval, according to MinuteClinic spokesman Brent Burkhardt. He expects they will open in November or December.
The locations are 271 Mammoth Road, Manchester; 214 D.W. Highway, Nashua; 4 Hall St., Concord; 512 S. Broadway, Salem; 321A Lafayette Road, Hampton; and 250 Plainfield Road, West Lebanon.
The clinics will treat “common ailments,” including strep throat, ear and eye infections, skin conditions and tick bites. It also will offer a menu of vaccinations and some wellness and prevention services.
Typical visits start at between $79 and $89, less than a visit to emergency rooms, urgent care and many doctor’s offices, he said. The clinics will accept Medicare but not Medicaid.
There are about 680 MinuteClinic locations operating in 25 states, including Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as the District of Columbia.
The clinics will include one or two exam rooms and a small waiting area inside the CVS locations.
A posted electronic board will list prices for services.
“It’s very transparent,” Burkhardt said. “You know exactly what the services cost.”
In-store clinics have become a growing trend in drug store and discount retailers such as Walgreens and Walmart, though neither of those companies have introduced the concept in their New Hampshire stores.