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MinuteClinic makes debut in Sacramento
August 13th, 2014
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS Caremark Corp. opened its first MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics in the Sacramento, Calif., area.
CVS said Wednesday that MinuteClinics began operating inside CVS/pharmacy stores in Sacramento and Elk Grove, Calif. A third clinic in the area is slated to open in Fair Oaks, Calif., in October.
The opening of the latest MinuteClinics gives CVS more than 50 of the retail clinic locations in the state, including the San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County/Inland Empire and Bay Area markets. The first clinics opened in Southern California in 2007.
"The addition of these new clinics in the Sacramento market expands MinuteClinic's presence in Northern California following the Bay Area launch in fall 2013," MinuteClinic president Andrew Sussman said in a statement.
"There is a need for more accessible and affordable health care in California, and the demand for MinuteClinic services will grow due, in part, to the shortage of primary care physicians, the aging Baby Boomer population and the influx of newly insured patients through the Affordable Care Act," added Sussman, who's also senior vice president and associate chief medical officer at CVS Caremark.
Overall, MinuteClinic has more than 850 clinics in 29 states and the District of Columbia.
"About 50% of MinuteClinic visits occur on evenings, weekends and holidays when patients may not be able to get an appointment with their primary care provider. And about half of the patients seen at MinuteClinic are 'medically homeless' and do not have a personal physician," Sussman noted. Patients who visit MinuteClinic without a primary care doctor are provided a list of physicians in the area who are accepting new patients, he added.
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