WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark's MinuteClinic is looking to make it easier and more affordable for campers to get the physicals they need in order to participate in activities by offering discounts on camp and sports physicals through July 31.
Now through July 31, camp and sports physicals at MinuteClinic are $39, a $20 savings off the standard price of $59. The pre-participation physicals are offered seven days a week, including weekday evening hours, at MinuteClinic locations across the country. No appointment is necessary. An additional $5 savings is available when camp leaders complete an online enrollment form and register their group or team of 12 or more.
"Camper health and safety starts at home, which is why many camps require a pre-participation physical," stated Paulette Thabault, MinuteClinic chief nurse practitioner officer. "So it's important for parents to be aware of camp health requirements and to obtain a physical in May or June before the kids' bags are packed."
During a camp physical, MinuteClinic family nurse practitioners or physician assistants measure height and weight, review health and immunization history, perform a simple exam, help with any required registration paperwork and provide safety and education tips. Once a camper is cleared to participate in activities, the practitioner stamps any required forms and references the results provided on the official patient summary. Copies of the summary can be transmitted by electronic record, fax or mail to a primary care provider with patient permission. This typically occurs within 24 hours. Thabault added that pre-participation physicals should not replace an annual wellness visit with a primary care provider.
Insurance is not accepted for any pre-participation physical exams. Payment is due at the time of the visit (additional lab charges may apply), according to MinuteClinic. Requirements for physicals vary by state.