The hours of operation will be 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. (These are the same hours as Medical Pharmacy, which is also located in Hornbacher's.)
- Fast Track will be staffed by MeritCare nurse practitioners and will offer limited, basic medical services.
- Consumers will be able to walk in without an appointment and obtain basic care and prescriptions in approximately 15 minutes. Information from the visit will be sent to the person's primary-care MeritCare provider after the visit.
- The standard visit will be $45 with an additional $4-8 for lab tests.
- Patients will need to pay for visits upfront with cash, a check or a credit card. (MeritCare is currently working with third party payers to determine if some of these services will be covered by insurance.)
Convenient medical clinics (CMCs) are a fast-developing trend:
- CMCs originally started in 2000 by QuickMedX (now MinuteClinic) based out of Minneapolis, Minn.
- In 2003, the first health system, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, Wis., opened their own brand of CMCs.
- The CMC concept is spreading quickly through the United States. As of September 2005, there were approximately 47 CMCs in the United States; in April 2006, there were an estimated 158.
- A Wall Street Journal online Harris interactive poll of 2,245 adults in October 2005 showed that 78 percent view CMCs as a convenient way to get basic medical services.