Target continues expansion of medical clinics

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 9, 2011 - 12:25 AM

Competing with CVS and Walgreens, retailer will open clinics in eight new locations, four in Twin Cities.

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lithrayMar. 9, 11 2:34 AM

I say the same thing, but for $500 a month it damn well better be good(One husband & wife covered). We still have issues with bills, so I would like to hear anyone with experience at a clinic like Target and how they were treated?

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mnonguamMar. 9, 11 2:58 AM

They'll all keep up with these "retail clinics" until one bad outcome and lawsuit.

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rb7316Mar. 9, 11 5:53 AM

I've been to Target Clinic a few times for treatment of sinus infections and have no complaints. It was much faster and more convenient than trying to get an appointment with my regular doctor or going to urgent care, and the quality of care was great. I'm happy to see that they're expanding.

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swmnguyMar. 9, 11 6:21 AM

My family has gone to Target's clinics a few times. We have a high-deductible insurance-type plan so we pay $350/mo in premiums and cash for everything up to the $10,000 deductible. Target's clinics cost $50 - $75 for most things, compared to $150-$250 at Park Nicollet clinics. The instant strep test Target's clinic uses does tend to give false negative results but if you pay extra for the lab test they call you in a day or two all apologetic and tell you that, yes, you do have strep and they set you up with a prescription. For the huge savings, it's OK.

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lever89Mar. 9, 11 8:45 AM

We have the same high deductible type of insurance. I have taken my kids to the Target clinic to check for strep $59 better than $175 at Park Nicollet. Flu shots. Severe Acne. Wish I'd gone there for my shingles...they charge $59 - Park Nicollett ran about $400. They insisted on doing 2 tests to make the diagnosis - even though they had to start treatment immediately, based on visual, for it to be effective. The Nurse Practitioners are helpful, great with kids, don't rush, ask all the same questions and document just like the regular DR. They also send the report on to your regular DR and do all the insurance follow thru. Good deal. Maybe if more people use these clinics it will bring down the cost of health care.

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talulajoMar. 9, 11 9:06 AM

I find it interesting that all these clinic in big box stores are opening up at the sametime health insurance is so expensive. Mmmm Not that I think it is a bad thing. It just makes me wonder if it is really because they care about the uninsured & a person being able to get care? It seem to me it has become what a store calls a leader. A leader will bring customers into the store. Businesses know that you will most likly by other products while you are there. Medication for sure. I just really question their integrity in doing this. Again I do not think is necessarily a bad idea.

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coloradofanMar. 9, 11 9:23 AM

I hope that Walmart will do this. They should be able to do it less expensive and better than Target.

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hockeyfoxMar. 9, 11 9:45 AM

Hmmm...Target, out to destroy the middle class consumer with their political beliefs and moving jobs overseas, but at the same time they need the middle class to survive. When will those idiotic CEO's recognize the political policies they believe in to squeeze the middle class will only hurt their business. And then they will come crying that they need tax cuts because the middle class is cutting spending at their store. Oh the irony.

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