Thursday, March 14, 2013

Target opening three new in-store clinics

Target is opening three new Target Clinics locally this year, two in Charlotte and one in Concord.

The new clinics will be in the Northlake Mall Target on Northlake Centre Parkway, the Rivergate Target on Walker Branch Drive, and the Concord Super Target on Bayfield Parkway. They're scheduled to open in August.

The clinics offer 60 services, ranging from vaccinations and treatments for minor illnesses to earwax removal ($69 - $105, presumably depending on the amount of wax removed). There are also preventative services, such as cholesterol screenings and blood pressure checks.

The medical services at the clinics are provided by a nurse practitioner or a physician's assistant in a private exam room. Target says many insurance plans will cover the services, but you'll have to check with your provider to see what's covered. Payments can be made with check, cash, credit card or Target gift cards.

There are no appointments, so patients/shoppers are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. "If you would like to shop the store while you wait, please ask at the Target Clinic registration desk for a pager," Target suggests. Here's a FAQ with some more questions and answers about the clinics.

There are currently four Target Clinic locations in North Carolina, in Apex, Wake Forest, and Durham.


WashuOtaku said...

All three of these locations are Super Targets.

Unknown said...

Hopefully these clinics will offer much lower rates than the exorbitant pricing charged by CMC.

Anonymous said...

If you don't want exorbitant pricing, don't obtain your primary or urgent care from a hospital...

Anonymous said...

Mr Portillo

In your article you state "The medical services at the clinics are provided by a nurse practitioner or a physician's assistant in a private exam room". The wording you use for physician assistant (PA) is incorrect, they are not possessive of a physician. PAs work in many different clincial settings being responsible for their own patients including taking histories, performing physicals and procedures, making diagnosis and prescribing treatment.

Target retail clinics appear to be pursuing opportunities for conveinent care models such as CVS has done. While these models provide value in the healthcare system, they should not replace a relationship with one medical provider caring for the patient. Fragmented medical care is a large burden on the duplicate costs associated with the current healthcare system and the lack of sharing healthcare information.

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