The hours of operation are 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 additional charges for lab tests.
- Patients will need to pay for visits upfront with cash, a check or a credit card.
- Due to government regulations, FastTrack cannot treat anyone covered under Medicare or Medicaid insurance; those individuals will be referred to the MeritCare Walk-In Clinic on south University, or to their primary care provider.
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 its 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.